A New Hope


A New Hope
Jeremy and I started brainstorming tonight.  With the brainstorming we let ourselves be idealistic and not necessarily realistic.  It’s ok to have big dreams I think.  So far we have three possible but probably unlikely names for the church.

  • Zion – the place where unplugged copper tops find reality
  • Unplugged – continues along the Matrix theme
  • Trogdor (the Burninator) – just cuz Trogdor is cool

We  both would like to see a strong missional emphasis.  Following Christ means plugging in to kingdom mission.  We would like everyone to be involved in some form of mission or service that is beyond the scope of our little structure.  This might be an overreaction but I’m really tired of churches serving their own needs and ignoring the rest of the world.  My personal ministry will likely involve First Nations’s issues.  Right now my heart is definately geared towards addressing racism and ignorance among non-aboriginals.  I am white so it’s probably best that I stick to dealing with the problems on the non-aboriginal side of the issues. 

We want to be a church that replicates rather than grows big and buys a building.  We’ll probably encourage a lot of blogging and give everyone opportunity to participate according to their giftedness.  I’d like to see everyone lead/organize/facilitate a formal meeting at least once a year.  It doesn’t look like we would end up joining a denomination.  My personal connections with people online and off have provided a level of support, community and accountability that I think many church leaders would envy.

We talked about becoming a non-profit entity that could issue donation receipts.  I’m pretty sure we wouldn’t go that way at the beginning.  I’ve always thought that Jesus’ words about not letting your left hand know what your right hand is doing would apply to letting the government know you did something good so they can reward you with a tax break.  It was easy to follow when I was a full time programmer with a nice salary, not so easy while trying to build a small business.

  1. #1 by markio on June 28, 2003 - 9:47 am

    Trogdor!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. #2 by Shane Nowlin on June 28, 2003 - 7:31 pm

    This all sounds similar to what our group is going through. Currently we meet in my living room on sundays and do our best to ‘live life together’. Our vision is similar to yours in that we want to plant this church and equip and raise up leaders and send them to other cities and nations to plant churches. We want to be a river and not a pond so to speak. It’s encouraging to hear of others that think along the same lines.

    Grace and Peace

  3. #3 by Frank Doiron on June 29, 2003 - 9:15 am

    I really like the river and pond analogy. Where are you from Shane? Leighton came for a visit about a couple of months ago. We enjoyed our time with him. Leighton is very thoughtful and a man of action. It’ll be good to hear of their progress. Of course his only down side is that he cheers for the Riders and the Flames??????? I see that he has called the Bomders dreaded so I’ll just have to comment…….. Just wait till we get the Winnipeg Penguins

  4. #4 by Leighton Tebay on June 29, 2003 - 9:36 am

    Dreaded is about the best word I could come up with to describe the Bombers. It’s actually a term of some respect. Usually I say something like ‘Khari – khsucks’ or ‘Khari – khchokes’.

    I do hope Winnipeg gets an NHL team. Hopefully they can bring back the old Smythe division. It was always good to have the Jets around. You just can’t beat having a team in your division constantly feeding you two easy points in the standings.

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