I’m a huge advocate for keeping the faith by keeping it simple. I think we complicate things way too much by requiring way too many meetings, making way too many rules, and creating way too much red tape. So here’s my attempt to outline 3 things that I would like to see RCC people do well. If you do these 3 things, you’re walking out the vision of RCC. If you’re not doing these 3 things, I challenge you to get engaged:
- Engaged Collectively. We want people to be an active part of Sunday morning worship. This means more than just showing up at 11am and warming a seat. This means engaging. Find a way to serve. Find a way to be a part. Get involved. It could be as simple as setting up chairs.
- Engaged Relationally. We want you to be engaged in other people’s lives. The easiest way to do this is through our small groups we call LifeGroups. Find one that works for you. Start one yourself. Let’s face it, you can’t be engaged relationally with others if you don’t spend time with them!
- Engaged Missionally. We want you to be actively reaching out to our community and the world for Jesus. This is called being missional and it’s engaging in Jesus’ mission for his church. There are numerous ways to do this. Get involved in our Helicopter Egg Drop. Volunteer your time with a nonprofit. Spend time with people who haven’t yet made a decision to follow Jesus. Keep it simple. Don’t complicate this.
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The other day while I was thinking about our upcoming Easter egg helicopter drop, I knew there would be naysayers who would question why we would spend the time, energy, and money on getting people to a pagan event. It’s a good question really. So as I was praying for the event the phrase “Access Points” came to me. For a long time in our culture, if you built a church building an hung an “open” sign on it, people would come. It was just part of the culture. One of the results of that was that the church didn’t go to the culture. The church began to expect people to come to them. The church was never meant to wait for people to come, the church was to go to the people. Just look at Jesus’ life: he hung out at weddings, ate and drank with drunkards and tax collectors. He didn’t sit at the synagogue on Saturdays and hope these people would show up. No, Jesus created Access Points into the Kingdom of God. He created opportunities for people to experience the Kingdom of God by going to them.
There are so many ways that we can create Access Points. I was just down at Zootown Brew in downtown Missoula. This guy felt God tell him to start a coffee shop downtown so that he could create an Access Point for people down there. We’re doing the egg drop so that we might create an Access Point for people who otherwise would never think about coming to River City Church. You can create an Access Point by going out with your friends to the bar tomorrow night instead of staying home and playing nerdy.
An Access Point is access to the Kingdom of God through our lives. This is how people experience the Kingdom of God, through other people. We need to get out of our pews, get out of our churches, and start taking the Kingdom of God to people rather than waiting for them to come to it. Get creative about it. The Bible says we are to take every thought captive so that it is obedient to Christ. Let’s take our creative, outside the box, revolutionary thoughts captive and use them to create Access Points for those outside the Kingdom of God.
I really LOVE our core team, which is why I declared WAR on them yesterday! We had a team meeting planned, and rather than just talk business like we usually do, I decided to rent the paintball facility in the basement of our building. Everyone except for me were first time paintballers, and a couple were quite skeptical. But it turned out to be a blast! We had a seriously good time just letting down and having some fun. It’s something we don’t do enough of. Planting a church is hard work, but we need to learn to have some fun together while we’re doing it!
I let the proverbial “bunny out of the huey” today at church. We want to do an Easter event for Missoula that was over the top. So we decided we’d drop 20,000 Easter eggs out of a helicopter for the kids to find! I know, I know, you’re probably asking “why only 20,000 eggs?”. Well we felt like 25,000 was just too over the top.
So here’s the scoop as I know it today. We’re doing it at the fairgrounds in a huge open area. There’s plenty of parking, which is good because we’re expecting 2000-3000 people. We’re going to divide the field up into 3 areas according to age groups. We’re ordering all of the eggs prefilled. And we’re going to drop them out of a helicopter and let the kids go get ‘em. Then we’re going to do helicopter rides. I’m still looking for someone willing to put on a bunny suit and parachute from the helicopter. Serious. Any takers? The only catch is we’re looking for someone who has experience. I’ve totally struck out at Monster.com.
River City Church is doing its first baptisms ever during the service on Feb 22nd! If you want to get baptized, or want more info on baptism, be sure and contact me. You won’t want to miss this exciting event!