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This morning I want to jot down some thoughts on the three bridges we are trying to build at The Shepherd’s Fellowship (the church I pastor). However, let me first say I am not looking at building bridges with wood and nails but with love and truth.

You see, there are many people who have disconnected from church or were never connected in the first place. However, I am of a firm belief that the community of Christ is open to all and can bring freedom and love into hurting situations.

Here’s the three bridges we are trying to build….

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The last Rise message before the big wrap up! This one covers one fo the most important topics….. Christian Community. Do you need to go to church? What if I’m not happy at my church? Can’t two Christians being together be “church”? What should church be like and what’s the point?

 

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Recently, I put together some thoughts for the facilitators of the Home Groups at our church on how to build intimacy in our groups. I thought I might put them out here for others as well as solicit other ideas that I might not have thought of as of yet.

Ground Rules: The first thing that lays the foundation for openness in a group is knowing up front if they are safe or not. In our church, the first thing covered in any of our groups is that anything said in a Home Group, stays in that Home Group (for the most part). We make it clear that this is the case unless someone is currently getting hurt or abused and even then, only the people who need to know to get them help will know.

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Welcome to all those who are stopping by because they are checking out the “big” announcement from church yesterday. There’s a decent amount of info involved so I decided to go blog style so here it is….

When we started The Shepherd’s Fellowship, I felt led not to be part of a denomination. There were many benefits to this but also some downfalls including a lack of financial and resource support. However, the toughest part for me was not having the relational support. Not having other pastors and churches around our ministry to work together, have accountability, and to encourage one another. I looked at church networks and pastor coaching possibilities and could not find anything that seemed to be a match to the relational ministry we felt called to. I also looked for years for sister churches and pastors that I felt a close connection to. While I found many that I love and cherish, I found only one church and only a couple of pastors that I felt a partnership with even close to what I was looking for.

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I will get back to my normal blogging after this week but for now I want to give you a mission trip update.

The combined youth groups hit the road yesterday morning to head to a local nursing home. They helped with bingo and went room to room visiting with senior citizens who normally don’t have many guests. I was happy to hear one of our 11 year old say to me last night that visiting with a couple older ladies was one of the favorite things she has ever done. She shared her story with me about their challenges and how much they enjoyed the kids coming to visit.

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Just a quick FYI….We have a group of 22 in from a church named Methodist Temple from Evansville, Indiana. Most are Junior Highers plus 5 adult supervisors which are sleeping at our church and doing mission projects arounf the Marion, Ohio area. They will be doing work projects around the church grounds, helping at Solomon’s Porch, doing some evangelism, visiting a nursing home and more.

They came in last night and I only got to talk them for about an hour. However today was a great day getting to know them better. After church, we all had a huge cookout and I was on Hotdog grilling duty while others ate up! Then I did a little R&R while watching the kids play games in the field.

Tonight was youth group with our two groups mixed together bringing our total to about 40 people. We jammed in some more games, about a 45 minutre discussion on Compassion, and then pizza and hanging out. It felt more like camp then our normal youth group set up.

Well, between work and hanging with our new friends, it may be hard to keep up with blogging so I may do a wrap up blog about the week with pics next weekend. It’s going to be a great week! Blessings….

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