If you weren’t aware, a group of us are working on planting a church here in Phoenix. Mel and I have been a part of two church plants in times gone by and are now seeing what doors are opening for our area. We have been hosting a group at our house every other Sunday night for dinner and discussion on life, faith, God’s story, and how they all seem to intertwine. So far it has been a great time and if you’d like to join us please let me know. It’s nothing formal at all; everyone brings something to share, we eat, and then we talk about whatever topic/subject/storyline is at hand. Some people stay late, others leave when they have to. We’re simply looking to build community through dinner and looking at God’s story.
Awhile ago I was invited to attend αγγελος 2010 (Greek word translated as “angel” or “messenger”; in the Bible it is a messenger from God), which is being put on by the Ecclesia Network. We sent out letters and through the grace of God, we’ve received all the money we were looking for! The training is a week long running from May 17-21 and will be a time of building community, engaging in theological reflection, and looking for where the Spirit is moving and taking people. All in all it should be a great time.
If you read this I’d humbly ask you to pray for all of us that will be attending. It will be a small group, which is done on purpose, but the ramifications coming out of it could have tremendous potential for the areas represented by each church planter. Please pray for the following:
1. A time of seeking, prayer, and learning that will be peaceful, unhindered, and formative.
2. Safety in travel for all coming from different parts of the country.
3. At the return of each planter, that their regions would be softened and prepared for receptivity.
4. For the wives, husbands, and children of those in attendance. May it be a time of rest and peace for them.
I would covet your prayers for the training, but also for the time between then and now as well as the time after I get back. It will be intense and intimidating, but something I am looking forward to. The world is desperate for community, truth, grace, beauty and story. I believe these are all found (along with many other things) in the Church and is why we desperately need more of them.
Thank you for partnering with us in prayer and look for highlights and things learned on here after I return.