Who are we becoming as a fledgling church community, especially as we move closer and closer to launch? This is a key question, one that will not be answered easily or quickly. The church is not, and should not, and cannot be homogenous. We must be a diverse and messy conglomeration of people that reveals the tremendous love and hope that is found in Jesus.
This is why we gather together every week. It's a counter-cultural experience that no one else does. Yet we do. The church gathers together weekly to show the world something different–that a diversity of people can gather together in love.
Will Willimon once wrote:
"Sunday is the key that explains to the world and to the church why we are the church. In our Sunday worship Christians serve the world by showing the world that God has not left us alone and that we have good work to do."
This is what we are becoming, a community of people that are growing together in love, revealing to the world something different, something beautiful, something glorious about the person and work of God. Let us continue to reveal this as we gather.
Making Room: Recovering Hospitality as a Christian Tradition by Christine Pohl
Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces that Keep Us Apart by Christena Cleveland
Faithful Presence: Seven Disciplines that Shape the Church for Mission by David E. Fitch
Surprise the World: The Five Habits of Highly Missional People by Michael Frost