Over the past months we have been part of a church planting group. It has been hard. Not easy. Satan has made himself aware. This past Sunday was our very first Sunday Service. We have been meeting, praying, serving, and practicing for a while now, so it was great to see the fruits on Sunday. Our goal is to reach Trophy Club, to make God known. You can read more at www.barachurch.com, I will link it as well so you just have to click.
My kids have been troopers through this time of searching. If you are a frequent blog reader of mine, you know some of the struggles we have had. Leaving a place that we felt so connected, kind of thrown out to search...all orchestrated by the Lord himself, I believe. As we visited other churches, we also knew some great friends of ours were going to plant a church. We prayed for our direction...and felt led to join Bara's foundation, to get uncomfortable, try something new, but scripture based. Leaving COC was a hard step for me, it is how I was raised. It has been a journey. I recently heard that the churches actually reaching the unchurched were mega churches, and church plants. That is interesting. Truly our goal isn't to take member from other churches, but to reach those who are not going to church, unbelievers, or those who 'don't like those people" you know, the ones who have been hurt by the churched and left, or is repelled by it. We can't keep doing the same thing and expect a different result....we need to get creative, maybe look at some traditions, as what they are: traditions, or preferences, and stay in the word. That is what our searching did for me. As we visited, I got to worship at many different churches, experience worship in ways I have never done before, and wouldn't have if I wanted to stay comfortable. I still have a bit of preference inside of me, actually, quite a bit, but I know that I am being led to some new styles, some new ways, all aren't going to send me to hell. Just had to say it! :)!
I erased most of what I was saying, because it was a rant. Not to hurt anyone, or to cause controversy, but because it was where I felt I was led. I have loved to watch my kids through this journey. They miss their 'known', but Parker especially knows he has a big job, greeting new kids to class and make them feel welcome. To be Jesus in his classroom, at school, and at church. We talk about it, sure we talked about it where we were, but they are challenged (see, being stretched) just as their parents are.