In this episode of the 5 Leadership Questions podcast, Todd Adkins and Chandler Vannoy are joined by Kevin Peck. Peck is the lead pastor of The Austin Stone Church. He is the co-author of Designed to Lead. They discuss the following questions:
- What is the biblical reason that churches should serve the city they are in?
- How have the churches in Austin come together to serve their city well?
- How did serving become part of the DNA at Austin Stone?
- How does this become practice?
“God is calling all of His people to love their neighbor and their neighbor is someone that you see that is in need, you are supposed to go help. It is really that simple.”
“Why should we help our city? A city is nothing if it is not just your neighbors.”
“When you see someone hurting you meet the need because Jesus Christ has saved your life and given you the capacity to love in ways that are alien to everyone else.”
“Some of the sweetest things for me as a pastor is to see one church be able to provide funds for another, not because they were doing it out of sentimentality, but because that was how the Kingdom needed to work in that moment.”
“During 2020 and 2021, the church was either going to become something in the city that ultimately was unnecessary or completely critical.”
“At the end of the day, the gospel changes you in such a radical way that we should start caring about the things that God cares about.”
“He gives special attention to people who are marginalized or vulnerable or hurting, and the reason He does that is because that is how fathers act.”
“We are trying to all the time teach them and give them tools to see opportunities around them and to meet those needs.”
“I don’t think we can be a blessing to our city if we don’t love our city.”