I am a church planter. I do not have time to design a cool blog page. The truth is, church planter or not, I have NO IDEA HOW to design a cool blog page. But I am frustrated that my page is so lame. So I have been trying to make it better. As you can see, I have ZERO skill in making a cool blog page. My old page was cool, but I hate blue. So I really wanted to get rid of the blue, so I tried to do something different. I have the idea in my head, but I really do not know how to create a cool banner. Oh well. It is what it is. Hopefully you are checking my blog for the cute pictures of my kids and not for the banner. No, actually, I hope you are checking the blog to follow God's story of reaching people far from Him through church planting.
Ignore the design. It is under construction until futher notice, or until I get some really creative person (Tommy) to help me.
Where did my baby boy go? Jake enjoyed homecoming with his long time friend Casey who came up form Omaha. Not only did Jake have an old friend to go with but many new friends too. I am so happy for him.
We HAD to go to the Kansas City Chiefs game. It was missional. We are trying to understand our cultural context. We will always be BEARS fans. But I will say, I don't think anyone quite rocks the house like these Chiefs fans were rockin arrowhead stadium. For a second there, I was feeling the vibe...until they started playing the Bulls opening music and Mitchell got that look on his face that says, "now that just ain't right."
I was brain-storming (by myself...my first mistake) I came up with four words that I think describe the why and the what of missional small group life. Around these 4 words I will create our turbo training small group curriculum. Then, aha, it occurs to me (duh!) that small groups covers kids, students and adults. So I gather the community team, Jessica - kids city director, Josh - student director and Luke- intern. I say here are the four words I came up with about small groups. What do you think?
If I could do it over again, I would say:
Describe the what and why behind small groups
If you had to pick your favorite word to describe the purpose for small groups what would it be.
Let's brainstorm a list of words that describe the activities of a small group.
Let's vote on our top 4 words.
That is more fun, more collaborative leadership.
Luckily, they gave me grace and we had great sandwiches at planet sub.
Here are some scary things that church planting has forced me to do:
Set up random meetings with community leaders and ask them about the needs of this community.
Go to PTA meetings
Meet at least one new person everyday
Become a fund-raiser
Ask strangers what they think of the name "restore community church."
Be the "craft mom" at the Halloween party for a class full of 2nd graders.
Go door to door with grocery bags asking the community to partner with us in replenishing the supplies of the Kansas City rescue mission.
Doesn't God realize I am an introvert?
Although scary...I must admit, it is a THRILL. Perhaps that is why people like scary movies...you go there, you know it is going to freak you out for a sec, but then when it is over there is this adrenaline thing.
You don't have to be a church planter to do this stuff. I wish I would have pushed myself harder on some of these things before I became a church planter. Just the thrill is worth the risk and then the thrill is multiplied when God shows up in the risk.