We had a good time in Orlando at the conference. I ended up seeing lots of people I would have never expected to see there. And we learned a thing or two, which is good. It was fun staying in a big house with several other Mission Alive people, and riding around in the rental car with Les and Logan, Mission Alive church planters in Savannah, TX.
One thing from the conference I’m chewing on is a session in which I learned about conducting a community needs assessment. It’s a big commitment and a long process, but the benefits seem astounding—it would provide us with invaluable community relationships and also a sense of what gaps exist in community service. One of those gaps might be an opportunity to start a special justice initiative that we can champion as a church. I’ll post more later about this.
We didn’t waste much time when we returned to Dallas. We hosted the kickball party on Saturday. About 20 people showed up for the festivities. All in all, it was a smashing hit. Several people from the party will join us for our first house church gathering next weekend.
The X factor was playing “crazy kickball”, in which every person was required to hold their drink in a red solo cup at all times, whether kicking, catching, or running. Let’s just say we got plenty of drink on us.
If playing kickball sounds like a flashback to 3rd grade, know that there is a kickball craze among young professionals in our area. We promise we’re not totally missing the mark with our weird ideas.
Please pray for our first house church gathering coming up this weekend. We put on a preview gathering on Sunday night with several of our friends, after which they gave us feedback about their experience. It was exciting to me the way a meal and good conversation drew people together, even those who didn’t know each other very well beforehand. I love helping to create community.
The justice post is coming soon.