This Saturday night, Cornerstone (where I serve on staff) will be holding our annual Vision Dinner. Much like last year – due to all the planning and administeratering – I am, in part, just looking forward to the dinner being over! But even more, it’s exciting to anticipate a formal declaration to the congregation that we are moving forward with the West Valley church plant in 2008. Yep-indeedy.
My prayers are for my pastor and mentor who will be addressing a church that has no building; that has one extra pastoral staff in addition to himself (me); that has no current youth minister (etc.) why the session of elders sees God calling Cornerstone to have a church-planting vision and why that vision is set in action even now.
I guess what I am most excited about is the declaration that my role will be changing. I love my job. I am learning things I never knew I needed to learn. I am weak and dependent on Christ more now than when I came to CPC. But God called us up here for the sake of planting a gospel-centered kindgom-incarnating culturally-apropos church in the West Valley. Much has already been done in preparation, but it has all been behind the scenes so as not to be a divurgent direction for Cornerstone people to think about (as their life and church IS at Cornerstone). But now, following Saturday night, it is time to let the cat out of the bag – to more directly inquire of people who sense that God may be calling them to be missional by committing to an embryonic church plant. It is soon time to gather…
Of course – and I love John Kinyon – my pastor and mentor is excited about the thought of calling Cornerstone to a new gospel-centered missional focus as well. The Vision night will emphasize how Cornerstone is not just releasing some people to be on mission through a church plant. Rather, Cornerstone – mother ship herself – is embarking on a new kindgom mission as well.
2008 will hopefully be about two churches. Two parts of the Valley. Two missional callings that hopefully will subsume every gospel-dependent believer who currently attends Cornerstone.
O God, with the announcement and vision declaration on Saturday night (along with the good food/community) would you give us a glimpse of your kingdom spreading through this Valley in ways that we could neither ask or imagine (Eph. 3:14-21).