It’s official! I’m planting a church in Lancaster City in partnership with the Brethren in Christ. The church is called “Inner Metro Green.” Yes, it is a church built upon the idea/symbolism of color (Green). Yes, it is an emerging, missional, post-Christendom effort (as any good Anabaptist effort should be!). Yes, we will be seriously focusing on individual and social transformation, and equally so. Yes, we will be meeting in homes, at coffee shops, and on park benches all around the city. Yes, we will all be gathering together on Sundays for stripped down and simplistic prayer, celebration, and teaching. Yes, the Gospel is our ethos; the Trinity is our only center. The official launch for IMG will happen in 2008. ‘Till then, we will be busy building the foundation.
Too, I’ll be simultaneously partaking in an internship with a local Brethren in Christ church. I will also be working with a seasoned church planting coach. So, I’ll have a solid team of good folk beside me to encourage, advise, and direct. I do appreciate not being strapped to a vexatious pretense of sink or swim and being tossed into the pond. It is a wise denomination that takes some time to help its new pastors, church planters, and evangelists with assimilation. I appreciate the people in the BIC and their willingness to stand beside me as I begin to fulfill my life’s call. I’m in a great place. It’s awesome, to say the least. Time to get to work! Time to move!