We have some challenges ahead, but also some exciting things to celebrate! Challenges and celebrations…Challebrations!
Remember? A year ago we developed our “Second Site Checklist,” and launched an idea…a dream…a proposal to create a second Vista site in the Worthington Area. Rather than, “we’re doin’ this and here’s when!”, we said instead, “If God should bless us in these ways, we’ll faithfully go!”
Of the 10 bullets that made up our checklist we have seen 8 completed! We have a pastor, a gathering space, financial resources, a ministry leadership/launch team, key leaders, Lifegroups and 100+ pioneers! Pretty amazing. Wild. In some ways it’s all very hard to believe.
The two unfinished checklist items present the challenge remaining for both sites. We have numerous critical volunteer serving slots open. For the next six months, as potentially hundreds of guests visit both locations, it’s imperative that we all…all…roll up our sleeves and step up into opportunities to serve and lead.
As we move forward, let’s not forget why we do what we do as a church — it’s for others. Many people are searching for something, looking for a church, needing Jesus, longing for God… Our Sunday gatherings certainly afford the existing church a wonderful and comfortable place to pray, worship, learn and interact with others, but most importantly Sunday morning is a primary extension into our community…to offer healing and hope to ones in need. We can only do that by combining all of our talents, our time and our tithe.
We keep it simple and have agreed since the beginning that to be the church God has called us to be, everyone must contribute in 4 key arenas:
1. In groups as leaders and participants to challenge one another and process truth and life together.
2. In Missional ways across the street and across the world by giving and/or going.
3. Generationally by investing time Sunday morning with our Kids Community (KC) once a month if you’re a parent of a child in KC otherwise once a quarter.
4. Sunday Mornings in some capacity, for example greeting, tech crew, set-up or music team.
The next 6 months will potentially attract 100’s of new guests, and we need to be especially ready.
And remember, our challenges aren’t only directed at those launching the Worthington Site. In fact, the Dublin area site is at risk to falter since we aren’t necessarily enjoying the “excitement and demands” that so naturally accompany a new thing.
The space created at Jerome by the departure of those launching Worthington will act like a vacuum that will likely cause an equally challenging influx of people. At Dublin, we need to step up big in faith as well…there are no less hurting and hopeful people in Dublin, let’s not fail to be there for them too!
If you don’t have a regular serving outlet, please read through the lists that will be circulating, pray for wisdom, and let us know in what way you will be contributing to the amazing family that God is building in Dublin and Worthington! You can also e-mail our Weekend Director, Justin Bradshaw, to indicate your interest: firstname.lastname@example.org