Makeesha's intro. and a question
Hi-ya ladies :)
I'm Makeesha, a relative "young'un". Mom to 2 girls, wife to one man ;) for 7 years. My husband and I are co-ministers of the college ministry at our charismatic church, Third Day Victory in Fort Collins, Colorado USA and our budding "emerging type" congregation, Revolution
that will be starting in August . I grew up in the charismatic/word of faith church and have been in ministry since I was a kid.
Here's my question - our church is not at all what I would consider emerging. It's a pretty typical charismatic, faith type church that is affiliated with Victory Churches International. Our pastor is extremely supportive of us and a wonderful guy. He has released us to start Revolution as a "church within a church" with his full support (the vision being to create a contextual community that reaches those who our church is unable to currently reach) but we're still having a hard time explaining the full extent to him since he has no frame of reference for where we're coming from. It's also been hard to communicate to the staff. Everyone on our Revolution team totally "gets it" but they're generally much younger with less ingrained ideas about what church is supposed to be. It's not a big deal but it would be nice to build a lexicon that more "traditional/modern" types could understand. Unfortunately, emerging has created its own dictionary that is familiar to us but not very conducive to dialogue with those outside of the conversation. I come from where they are but I still struggle getting the point across.
Of course, I think ultimately they're just going to have to experience it but we're trying to create the least amount of friction possible with the current "church at large"
Does anyone know of good resources for this or has anyone had a similar experience and found a good way to explain everything?
Let me give an example of where some of the confusion manifests. David was meeting with Pastor B. today and B's question was "you're still going to do ministry right"? When David shared this with me, I was kind of dumbfounded. Basically, he's asking if we're still going to do the "worship set, sermon, pray for people" type stuff in order to help them grow and whatnot...which we're not, at least not in the same way B is thinking. David didn't really know how to respond because the question is just not in line with our thinking right now or even our view of "ministry". He basically said "well, yeah of course" and changed gears....bless his heart.
So there ya go...I thought I'd just go ahead and start off with a bang ;)