Alright - first the really quick catch up...in my blogging absence...
...was a part of Circle of Hope's apprentice pastor process
...served as one of two apprentice pastor's while Rod was on sabbatical (Tracey rocks!)
...learned a whole lot about what it takes to pastor a congregation that's trying to follow Jesus through the mess of life
...was called by God and by Circle of Hope to plant a congregation in Camden, NJ
...left my job
...have been officially planting since November of 2008
...there is lots of work to be done...you can join us in helping God save the world through Jesus!
No more catch up...
One of our major needs as a young church plant is a building to call home. For the first few months of our existence, we rented space at another church, but now find ourselves as refugees, wandering around a bit.
Yesterday, I took a drive with my good friends Rob and Matt. I've been out there for a few months looking for a building for us to call "home" and we've recently put together a team of people to help in that process. I've been through the same neighborhoods and down the same roads so often in the past few months, seeing something new has been very difficult.
But as Rob and Matt and I drove around (down the same streets that I drove down just a week ago), we added 17 new potential properties to our list. Seventeen on one hour long jaunt. The very fact that more eyes were out there searching brought tangible results. The more eyes the better.
Jesus, help me to remember that following you is about life in community.
May I not fall prey to the lie that I can do it all myself.
Thank you for partners who see what I don't,
And for friends who keep their eyes open.
Show us the way.
Remind us to hold hands when it isn't so clear.