I am so ready and so looking forward to 2011 and all of the changes, challenges, celebrations, curve balls, and chaos that the year is sure to bring. Along with 30 other fantastic kingdom dreamers, risk takers and adventurers, my wife and I are in the process of planting a church. This is an exciting new journey for us.
1. Where is it going to be?
2. Why are you calling the church St Luke's?
3. What's the church going to be like?
In answer to those three questions...
1. We don't know yet.
2. We'll get to this in future posts.
3. We're not exactly sure as there are so many variables that are totally out of one's control.
Here's what we do know however...
We want to be a vibrant, missional, faith community. Which at an entry level and as briefly as possible we’d unpack to mean that we want to be a community of people who's vibrancy and life is grounded in the life of Jesus and the reality of the Holy Spirit. A community of people committed to missional living. A community who gather for church on a Sunday but also scatter to be the church Monday through Saturday; shining boldly at times as a light but also flavouring subversively as salt in the nooks and crannies of everyday life. We want to be a faith community, a community who live out of a different story than that of consumerism, materialism, individualism and all those other words so often used to so accurately describe our western post-Christian culture. We want to live, move, breathe, dream and play in light of the grand-narrative of God's ongoing work in history, the grand-narrative of Jesus found in Genesis through Revelation.
That's the direction we're heading in and we're looking forward to walking, running, dancing, (and at times limping and crawling), onwards in that adventure!