What is Love Lookout?
Love Lookout is a committee of men and women focused on loving our community well as a faithful and vested neighbor. The team was formed in 2015 and hopes to become an integral part of LMPC for years to come.
What will Love Lookout do?
This committee will distribute support to various community activities that promote the peace and wellbeing of our mountain. In 2015, $8,000 was allocated to Love Lookout and is being distributed by the committee for the good and gladness of this community. But Love Lookout possesses more than financial currency. It will also seek to mobilize members of our church to serve the common good of Lookout Mountain with their time, influence, knowledge, and relationships. We hope to offer opportunities for community gathering and neighboring such as the Community Movie Night at the Commons.
Why Love Lookout?
Christians are to love their neighbors. This is the second greatest commandment. While this command has many implications, certainly a clear implication would be the expectation that the church is committed to advancing the common good and human flourishing in its community. As Tim Keller notes, “In Jeremiah 29.7, God calls the Jews not just to live in the city but to love it and work for its peace – its economic, social, and spiritual flourishing. Christians are indeed citizens of God’s heavenly city, but these citizens are always the best possible citizens of their earthly city. Christians should seek to live in the community, not to use the community to build great churches BUT to use the resources of the church to seek a great, flourishing community.” The truth of this statement does not apply in mere individualistic ways but is intended to be applied corporately and institutionally. Many of our members are wonderful members of the community who serve the common good. But we would like to move as an institution into embracing and embodying the second greatest commandment together on Lookout Mountain.
Who is on the Love Lookout team?
LMPC members who love Lookout, have a good sense of the needs in our community, and are willing to discover ways we can simply serve and support our community.
Pastor Brian Salter
Daryl Heald, chair
Ann Henley Perry
What is an example of this sort of initiative?
Watch this video for a fantastic story of how churches in Portland partnered with civic leaders for the good of the city. It is a glimpse into how communities can benefit when churches neighbor well.