This past weekend at Lead09 was quite a trip. I kept oscillating between happiness and sadness as I saw both who was there, and who wasn’t. Knowing what the Gospel can do in the life of God’s church, I was saddened at the faces that I did not see there. Some are faces I would not expect to be there; but are saddened none the less. However, as I looked at the crowd of people who had gathered in Auburn, Maine to rededicate their lives to Gospel, Community, and Mission; I was given Joy from the Giver of Life to see people striving to live on mission for God. Both Tim Chester (blog) and Jonathan Dodson ( creation project – church planting novice), while under the power of the Holy Spirit, proclaimed Jesus’ name and called us to a life of worship through putting off the old and putting on the new.
Most if not all in attendance have many years of church experience, but not much Church experience. We were asked to put off church as an event and put on church as Gospel played out in community for God’s mission. These aren’t brand new themes, however, the point of the Gospel is easy to miss when we are not focused on Jesus.
Some favorite quotes from the weekend are as follows:
The burden of mission is laid on God, while the blessing of mission is given to us.
Christ did not die for ad hoc individuals
The church will never outperform the movies and t.v.
Pot luck dinners are an institutional answer to a communal question
The answer is always squirrel
The key is beer and nametags
I look forward to Lead10 or whatever they call it next year. Maybe Lead 1 aught or Lead 1 nil or even Lead 1 love…either way I am looking forward to next year.
78% of the music played in the family van comes from the Cars soundtrack. My son is enamored with all things Cars and whenever we get into the car, he asks Now, since the soundtrack is made up of regular music it isn’t usually a big deal. I have found that my ability to listen to the same song over and over grows as the number of children grows. However a song that has been sitting on my mind lately is Our Town performed by James Taylor. This song speaks to the life of a town changing as society changes and the needs and desires of the people for their town changeas well. I began to think about the area that I live in. I grew up one town over from where I live now. After moving to various locations including out of state in TN, I ended up 15 minutes from where I grew up. So what is my responsibility? I have run into a few people that I knew years ago and in some cases have been able renew friendships. It leads me to wonder what my specific mission can be while here in this place. I am looking at a few local establishments and trying to see if there is an opportunity to live on mission in my community and to point to Jesus.
What do I see? I see at least two local bars that are close to both my house and the gathered worship location of my local church. What can I do in reference to these locations? I have a few ideas but I think that the best option is to hold a Fight Club in one of the locations on a regular basis. We can read the Bible, drink beer, and engage in bare knuckle brawling.
What are your thoughts? Any ideas? This needs to happen in this area. There are too many people who wouldn’t be seen in one of those locations and that is tragic. It’s time to fight.