On Mission in the Neighborhood

I appreciate Austin Stone's Missional Pastor, Jeff Mangum's thoughts on Halloween...

This particular day brings out some different perspectives for many Christ-followers.  From the “it really isn’t a big deal and I enjoy the chance to trick-or-treat with my kids”, to “I refuse to participate in such a celebrated, pagan day”. Though there are some compelling arguments from and for both perspectives, its vital for the Christ-follower to view this particular day through a lens of Gospel-mission.

Reality is that Halloween is the one day which neighbors are outside of their homes and engaging in something together. There is not another day during the year that we see so many faces and family in our immediate sphere of influence, together. We need to ask this question: “In light of this understanding, how does God want me to put this day to use for the name of Jesus to be magnified?”


For our family, it is getting out in the neighborhood on mission to be the light of Christ.  We printed labels for our candy and are going out to look for divine appointments.


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