When you go to church, do you ever get the sense that there’s someone missing? Perhaps it’s a family member you’ve hoped and prayed would receive salvation in Jesus Christ. Maybe it’s a friend who’s walked away from the faith. Such people are never far from our thoughts, but they’re not the only ones who need our care and attention. That’s what this project is about.

The Missing Persons Project is a series of special reports about just some of the people missing from our local church bodies—men, women, and children who are necessary to the health of our congregations but often go overlooked. Our goal is to strengthen the local church by helping Christians identify and welcome those people in their own communities.

The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor...God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together. –1 Corinthians 12:21-26

Get Started: On Earth as It Is in Heaven

In this first installment, we introduce the theological foundation for the project: that final day when all will be made right, and God’s children will be held close and healed in His presence. We call it the wedding feast of the Lamb, and here’s what it means for the church today.

Read the story here.