These past 16 months have been a combination of life moving at a blistering pace and the slowest snails crawl. While we waited for our house to sell, we talked a lot about moving without ever doing it. Then it sold and we had to scramble to buy a new one.
We had many evenings at housechurch where there were just my wife and I plus one other couple and we wondered if we'd ever grow. And now we've seen our motley crew up around 13 people plus kids some nights.
We jumped through seemingly endless hoops while trying to secure a building to purchase and now that we have it, we're waiting again. We've had possession of the building for a month now but haven't been able to do anything with it as we wait for drawings, fire commissioner approval and permits.
It seems like so much of beginning this church has been about hurrying up and waiting.
But all of that changes on Monday June 15.
We've gotten the green light for renovations and we're about to hit a full-on sprint from now until we open the doors for our first service this September!
While, I'm not the most handiest of people, I have the feeling that I'll be spending a lot of time getting honing those skills this summer. There will be work nights, demo nights, building nights and painting nights. We'll be organizing teams to help us get the most traction in the least amount of time, and I'll be longing for the days where we were "just waiting."
God is going to do great things through our building and congregation in Neepawa, and I don't want to miss a thing!
I am a pastor in rural Manitoba that is passionate about the church, leadership, coffee and bicycles.