Each Monday, I’m going to post a brief summary of what we’ve done the previous week in relation to expanding the kingdom of God in Greenville. So here’s what happened the week of June 7…
- We had our first get-together of people interested in being a part of our first simple church. We grilled (I actually used the indoor grill on our stove… it was rather cool), hung out, and talked for a little bit. We’ve got a great group of people from varied backgrounds: a dating student couple who just became Christians last week (I’m still working on the video), a young married couple moving to Greenville from Knoxville, TN who have experienced some of the shortfalls of a traditionally structured church, and a pair of friends who haven’t been to church in a long time. Now, we’ve gotta plan next week’s get-together.
- Our friends Trevor and Rachel Lofton came in from Knoxville, TN to look for jobs and housing. It was really cool hanging out and talking simple church with them.
- Finished reading “The Tangible Kingdom Primer.” A really good book, with some great practical things for starting simple churches (or even just experimenting with missional community).
- Made some major headway in getting my sermon for Father’s Day finished.
- Got started on the baptism video (that I mentioned in #1), which will also serve as an update for the church we planted in VA.
- Got to talk (via email) with the dude who replaced me in VA. Things are going really, really well. He changed shifts at his job in order to be able to spend more time hanging with the other churches in the network (something I never thought he’d do). Discovery Christian Church has got a really cool and dynamic future.
- Yesterday, I checked out Reimage Church. Reimage caught my eye because they were a nearly 30 year old church that totally rebranded itself (they finished that process about a year or so ago). Their preacher (who started the church back in 1980) even reimaged himself. Reimage is the first truly racially diverse church I’ve been to–it was evenly split between blacks and whites. It was certainly reflected in their music–some typical Hillsong/U2-ish pop-rock to start, and some R&B in the middle.
This week, pray for these things:
- Our second get together. One of our people has been goin’ to town–inviting people left and right… and these aren’t Christians. Her brother will be coming to our next get together.
- I have an idea in my head for the next step for our developing church, but I don’t want to rush ahead of God. Pray for patience for me as I follow His lead, and not ask Him to follow mine.