The world has become very good at caring. Consider, for example, the featured section in Architectural Record’s June 2015 issue, “Design for Social Engagement.” This section highlights pro bono work in six communities across the world that must “deal with the peculiarities of culture, climate, and convention.” If the world loves with this much extravagance, how much more can we muster?

Perhaps more than we think. And the more socially conscious our world becomes, the more the church of the future must rise above the level of care demonstrated by the world. It is noble competition.

The church of the future will offer new hope, new opportunities, and new life to those in need. She will not pity them, but love them as they find rest and rejuvenation among her people.

Adapted from Then. Now. Next.: A Biblical vision of the church, the kingdom, and the future.