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New and A Distinctive

News:  There will be a gathering this Sunday, April 19, 5-7 at 2701 Bridgeton Place, Chapel Hill.  Anybody is welcome as we continue to plan for launching this new Church.

What’s going to be distinctive? My wife, Libby is a dental hygienist, and she is actually more than that.  She’s a counselor, a friend, an advisor, a cheerleader to her patients.  She’s a super hygienist – not just interested in plaque, but in people’s lives.  (She works for a super dentist, too, Dr. G..  I have the crown to prove it.) Libby really likes and loves her patients – except for me – apparently I’m not such a good patient.  She complains that she has to fight my tense lower lip, and I breathe through my mouth fogging the little mirror, and I wince when she makes my gums bleed.  But,  she really loves her other patients, most of whom she sees every six months.

Recently, one was asking her about what was going on in her life. I don’t know how he managed  while she was scraping away.  She replied, “My husband is starting a church.”  “What?!?!,” he asked.  Immediately came the question, “What will be distinctive about it.?”  This question was a kinder way of asking, “Aren’t there enough churches already?”  – with an ‘Ugh’ in the subtext.

She began to explain that this church is meant to connect with people who have some interest in God, but find religion irrelevant or worse.  The patient responded that she had just described him, and he said that he would like more information.

There are a ton of great churches in our area.  Libby and I have visited many of them in the last three  months, and we are excited about what’s going on.  There are some churches that are hot, exploding with growth, incredibly exciting – reaching people.  Frankly, no one needs our new thing to show the area how church should be done.

But, if there is any way to open the door for someone not connecting to God, wouldn’t it be worth it?  I’ve met several church planters who have just moved here who have the same dream, creating a new door for people.

Our plan?  To invite people who may feel far from God to be part of  creating the door.  Jesus invited  some totally irreligious people to be part of his team to open the first door.  Read through the Gospels and see how many people who seemed totally disqualified for God-stuff became the best examples of faith.  (Matthew 8:5-13)

We want our church to read like the Gospels, where the last become first.

Check us out this Sunday if any of this connects with you.

Comments

  1. This is a good dream and a good reason to start a church. The only people interested in perfecting how to do church are christians. What a boring idea. Helping actual people encounter God is a privilege and should be fun, scary, inspiring, etc.

  2. Brittany Peterson says:

    It was so uplifting to worship this evening at the Gathering with a group of perfectly forgiven misfits! None of us are perfect, we are all struggling with sin and priorities etc, but when I came tonight to see what it was like, I found a group of spiritually thirsty people who longed for more than just a place to go to wear an ironed shirt and hear a sermon. I encountered a community of people of all ages who wanted to know God. People who encouraged each other. The Gathering was such a blessing for me, and I’m so upset that I’ll be out of the country for the first 7 months of the church’s beginning, but I will be celebrating with believers around the world about what God is doing through the church and praying for it as well. See yall next week!

  3. While this web site is entirely antiquated, the vision for this church is as innovative as possible. So many churches set out to grab christians to make a church that would attract more christians. The idea of actually following christ and taking the dregs of society and using them to recruit believers is both bold and–unfortunately–novel.