By guest author Lorne Meisner, Associate Regional Director - AGC West
Compassion has become a buzzword in our evangelical circles, and it has gained even more prominence during the pandemic of this past year; legitimately so, I might add. Compassionate churches is one of the 3 emphasized “ends” of our AGC movement of churches:
“COMPASSIONATE CHURCHES…assisting churches in engaging believers and non-believers in our communities with mercy, kindness and compassion ministries.”
The very term, “compassion”, has various nuances depending on what tugs at our hearts, such as offering hope to those struggling with addictions or sponsoring refugees . And yet there is a very real risk in reducing “compassion” to a project or such a specific expression. While I agree that compassion should be associated with such expressions, it is so much more than any or all of these expressions.