Here we are, at the close of July. The monsoons have come and gone, Levi has turned one, and Lauren turns 30 tomorrow. One year into having a baby and starting a community I finally feel like we are settling into sustainable rhythms.
Levi is sleeping as well as he’s ever slept, and we are therefore as well-rested as we’ve been. As a community, we’re nearing the end of our summer, and preparing to define rhythms and make commitments for this next year. In the fall, we’ll step into a season of cultivating community and making disciples.
In the marketing world, we love “launching” things. New products, services, events… pretty much everything can become an excuse to throw a launch party.
Similarly, in the attractional church world, launching is a big deal. I remember launch Sunday for Oasis, the church my Dad planted in 1999. And I remember the subsequent “re-launches” when we changed locations or put roots into a new neighborhood.
Lots of hype.
Lots of effort.
Lots of new people.
But I wonder if, in this missional/organic church model, it’s not so much of a “launch” like a rocket ship, but like a graceful “stepping into” like Bilbo taking his famous first step out of Bag End into the journey.
“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”
We’re not planning a big public worship service. I’m honestly not sure where a worship gathering will fit into our rhythms. We’re planning on sitting in a room with our team, making commitments to one another and to a mission, and beginning living as a family on mission.