It’s hard to believe that The Gathering was four years old last month. Where has the time gone? This has been one of the most fun, rewarding journeys of my life so far.
Since it has been awhile since I’ve really focused on the nature of the church, the meaning, the why the church, and therefore The Gathering is important, I decided today to talk about just what is the church? I’m not talking about the institution or the denominational flagship. I’m talking about the church taught in the Scripture. What is it? What is its nature? Why is it important? And why is it so many people opt out of going?
I also talked today about what our future looks like. What are some of the ideas that are driving our vision and mission? The Gathering mission is simple: helping people connect to God and each other for the purpose, ultimately, of changing the world.
I addressed people with the question about whether or not The Gathering would ever seek to have its own building; and if we did, where would it be and when would it happen?
I truly believe, without reservation, that the church is the hope of the world. When it’s done right, there is nothing like it, no organization that can take its place nor do its job.
To all of my friends out there who love Jesus but somehow have lost touch with His church, I beg you to get a bigger vision, to not let some disappointments, hurts, conflicts, and even a church split keep you away from the Bride of Christ. You are needed. Your gifts, your talent, your love, your joy, your own personality is needed in the mosaic of redemption.