Life Update: We are Planting a Church
Hello Friends and Family.
I've been relatively quiet on this blog for a while. As well as on Facebook, really. Today I want to share with you what is (and has been) going on in me and my family's life.
As the title of this post says, life right now is all about Church Planting.
Kate and I have dreamt of planting a church for probably the past 5 years. We've kicked around ideas here and there. Checked out a few cities. Met with people to brainstorm. Kept notebooks of ideas. Argued about it. Dreamt about it. Argued more (hey, we're passionate people). You know how it goes.
And so 3 months ago when life handed us another curve ball, yet we found ourselves surrounded by and supported by a small group of beautiful humans, we chose to not waste any more minutes just dreaming about it. We looked at one another and decided it was time. We said (more or less):
We are all about making good stories.
For us. For our kids. And we want to live by Faith in a way we've never done before.
More than that, we are totally okay if this whole thing doesn't work out. If it's a flop, a failure.. if it cranks along for a few years and then stops... we'll be okay. (This isn't our goal, of course. But being free of the anxiety and fear of failure is a powerful thing.)
We won't not do it because it might not go exactly how we'd want. We won't not do it because it's scary. We won't let money be a deciding factor, for we never have. We don't want to look back on life and always wonder 'what if?'
There is too much at stake to not go after it. Our spirits are compelling us. Like an artist who HAS to create the thing that is bursting inside them, we HAVE to do this. We have to be faithful to the Spirit inside of us, the invitation of the Divine. If following Jesus means anything right now, it means doing this.
Do we know what we're doing? Meh... Probably more than we think we do. And certainly way less than we actually do.
But we are surrounded by, and partnering with, some of the most amazing and exciting and passionate and loving and innovative and wonderful people we've ever known.
And it is thrilling.
So yeah, in short, I wanted to (finally) let you all know what I am now doing in life. For those who are learning about this for the first time, I apologize. We've stayed intentionally silent and under the radar for these past three months, not telling anybody what we are doing unless they've asked.
But that was only for a season, and that season has reached its natural conclusion.
So with great excitement (mixed with a bit of trepidation), I invite you to check out the not-fully-ready-but-still-live-anyways website of our new church:
SOJOURN GRACE COLLECTIVE: San Diego's Progressive Christian Church
Next week I'll tell you more about this amazing Faith Community we're establishing.
For now, I just wanted to bring you in the loop. We've been meeting in our house for three months, but starting next week we will be meeting at Garfield Elementary School in North Park San Diego (just a couple miles north of our house).
Here's a few pics from the past three months, as well as two videos.
Thank you for reading. For caring. And for being excited with and for us!