I finished reading It’s Personal by Brian and Amy Bloye. While I have my issue with this book for many reasons there were a few pieces of wisdom I could still walk away with. The biggest lesson is a reminder that it’s not about me. Yes the journey of planting a church is extremely personal. It hurts when people walk away or decide that Second Chance isn't right for them. SC is the embodiment of my personal thoughts about ministry, God and religion. It is the result of years of prayers and countless dollars. Rejecting the church feels like a rejection of me. And yet, as Rick Warren so eloquently tells us in his own book, it’s really not about any of us-it’s about God.
If you were to ask me why I am planting a church I wouldn't hesitate to tell you because I love people. I haven’t always been able to say that with such conviction, but now it is simply a way of life. There are about 7.1 billion people in the world and I am fully convinced that God loves each of us. However, the world doesn't always demonstrate that same love that we find from God. At times people are abused, neglected, overlooked, discredited and cast away. We forget that call to love each other and take care of our neighbors. With the common uses of social media and technology we lose touch with one another and relationships become superficial posts, tweets and shares. These are reasons I am planting a church. People in Columbus need to connect with each other, be supported, deepen their faith and commit to living their own life purposes through a relationship with God.
I don’t know what Second Chance will look like in the year 2020 or even at our launch service, but I do believe anything we do as a community of faith is an exercise in planting seeds. It’s not up to us to make those seeds grow, all we can do is water them and wait. So, as much as I want to save the world and make a difference, I've embraced the fact that I’m just a vessel working with an amazing team of leaders, seeking to love people and God at the same time.