Things were feeling a little backed up, so today we will do Church Plant Update Saturday on Sunday… Hope you don’t mind.
I get easily overwhelmed by big projects, it’s my personality type. When I get overwhelmed I focus on minutia, because it’s controllable and I can see measurable progress there.
Like when we moved into our new house, I ignored the basics and became obsessed with sewing curtains. Kel found it
annoying charming at the time, I’m sure.
Right now I’m obsessed with painting murals at the church so, odds are I’m overwhelmed. But in my defense they’re gonna be awesome!
I can’t think of any project we’ve ever tackled that’s bigger than replanting this church.
Right now the church is in the planning and people-gathering stage. We are sussing out building design and reaching out to the community. Kel spent the week delivering buckets of salt (the ice melting-sort) to our neighbors as a way of saying: “hello, we’re here, what can we do for this neighborhood?”
Everyone has slick walkways… so we went with salt because it’s practical, non-edible and a good conversation starter. Plus we can offer to refill the buckets and build relationships.
So that’s been Kel’s job this week, handing out buckets of Salt.
And to be honest? As everything else in church-planting it’s slow-going.
We’ve met with our design team twice now and I love and adore the direction we’re heading.
We’ve met with a few launch team members and those have been beautiful gatherings, I’m excited meet all those God has in mind to launch the church with us.
We’ve hashed out some vision statements and scriptures that will guide the church… but we’re not close to being “done.” I feel like we need to do that with a group of people, not just us…
Then there’s logo design, worship leader hiring, children ministry plotting, praying through how to foster diversity and the fact that I’m feeling increasingly white, waspy and hopelessly ill-equipped for urban ministry.
What we have right now is this: Hope and Scraps.
We have ideas and plans and vision and thoughts and budgets and meetings and chats and estimates and none of it is composed.
Everything is in-process.
It’s easy to get discouraged when you’re on the long haul for church planting or any other big project. We are a people who desire things now, or faster, and there is nothing fast or easy about starting a church from scratch.
But we’re almost always in-between and in-process.
This requires tsunamis of faith and patience, two tenants of faith I’m historically not great at.
I had a revelation a few days ago as I walked through the church, starting down the pink and mauve sponge-painted hallway. I will probably not paint this hallway and I have not yet met the person who will.
This thought washed over me like a wave, God has plans and people that I am not privy to.
He knows. I do not.
All I can do is wait and pray over scraps.
I am unable to speed time
I am unable to get the house we want to buy on the market
But I am able to pray over these scraps and hopes of the church that will be.
And this is No. Small. Thing. This prayer, this faith, this daily practice of giving the mess over to God.
Because when we pray over that which is beyond our control we acknowledge our smallness and find comfort there.
As such I have taken to the habit of laying down all the scraps I’m grasping at and praying over them, of walking through the church and believing that in the ghosts of what will be will materialize under the provision of a God who has all in mind before Kel or I were born.
Who operates outside of time and money alike.
Who is in love with His bride, His church, His people.
So when I work myself into a frenzy over the church (which is approximately every 47 minutes and twice in the middle of the night) I lay down all the pieces and pray for another dose of faith and patience.
Will we work hard? Of course, faith ≠ laziness.
But there is deep peace in the basic truth that we don’t have to figure this all out, God has people in mind, miracles yet to be birthed that will bring about tears I can’t wait to shed.
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