The Common Good

CARTER: Attempting to follow Jesus

Date: April 12, 2013

The Church of the Savior based its life on an “inward and outward journey” – an emphasis on deepening the faith of its members and then letting that faith take them out into the world on creative missions. It became an inspiration and model for commitment and ministry during the tumultuous second half of the 20th Century.

Jim Wallis of the Sojourners said of Cosby: “He never wrote a book, went on television, talked to presidents, planted more churches, built national movements, or traveled around the world. He just inspired everybody else to do all those things and much more.” I was privileged to visit the Church of the Savior and meet Gordon Cosby in 1967.

A humble man, Cosby encouraged people to call him by his first name and, instead of saying that he was a “Christian,” preferred to call himself “a follower of Christ.”