So there we are…needing a miracle, needing something to happen, but nothing was happening. Nothing felt right, it was either too small, too expensive…too something. We had to move it was going against everything we were about. We didn’t plant a church just to fund a church. We planted a church to give back to the community, and staying at the school did not let us do that.
In comes in Pastor Josh Allday, he is the pastor that emailed me in late 2011, the peace and chicken grease pastor from across the street. The guy is cool, he short like me, bald like me and has a cool, there is a calm disposition about him (not like me). The church he pastors had/has multiple organizations meeting there. It’s really cool, there is a home school group, a spanish church and a 7th day Adventists church that all meeting on different days and times.
So one day I met pastor Josh at the church building to check it out. It’s a huge building! Two sanctuaries, many rooms and a gym. So as we are walking around we end up in the gym talking and I am thinking to myself…”we could totally meet in this gym”
So the conversation began to see if it would be possible for us to meet in the gym. We laughed cause if we could make work it would be such an eclectic body of believers. It almost starts like a joke, stop me if you heard it before…
“So a denominational church, a spanish church, a 7th day Adventist and a non-denominational church walk into a bar”
Haven’t heard it? No? Me neither
We made it happen, we gave concession to meet in the afternoons so there wouldn’t be a huge mess on Sunday mornings with 3 churches meeting at one time. Plus we thought “hey that’s something different, people complain church is too early, now they don’t have an excuse, they could just come to our service, plus its Austin, we do things different.”
So in the summer of 2012 our awesome partners of Revive Church donated enough funds to renovate 3 rooms in the gym area. It was going to be great, now we didn’t have to wake up real early and convert a high school gym into a church…being a mobile church is tough! So the thought of not having to do that was so so so so so so so great!
We were ready…
“Finally” I thought, “We got this new space, which is way cheaper than the school, which will cause us to do more in the community, we have the people, and a space to call our own without having to unload and pack up on a Sunday.”
Of course, things never goes as you think they should…they never do, there are always the challenges that we face in life. It’s these challenges that mold you to who you are.
So a new set of challenges occurred again, so by now this just get frustrating.
I remember preaching a message about storms in life. There are 3 types of people
1) those that are in a storm
2) those that just got out of a storm
3) those that are about to head into a storm
That was us
And the word came back to me…
“This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”