Being the church is not about creating then checking off items from a to-do list for either God or our community. That’s not church; that’s busy work with supposed moral undertones. Our lists and obligations are means, not the end. Because our vision is often shortsighted, we are unable to see the church as anything other than another community group doing “things”. We get caught up in the “things” and not where the things must ultimately lead. Building the kingdom of God is about creating a new understanding of how to live, connecting people beyond the superficialities which define their lives with communities where healing, love, reconciliation, and forgiveness are a way of life.