Well, now that I have my DNS and domain settings all figured out, I am able to update this site with what has been happening over the past 3-4 months as we launched our first church plant/multisite in rural Manitoba.
A LOT has happened in this time and I have a lot of notes that I've taken throughout the journey to get to this point. Our attendance hovers around 55-65 people each week, community has been building and more people are finding health and Jesus here.
The weird part is, whenever I sit down to document our journey, I'm faced with a growing sense of "I have no idea what I'm talking about."
It's not that I haven't learned anything; I have. It's not that I haven't grown and picked up some tips/tricks along the way; I've also done that. It's not that we don't have a plan, can't execute it, or can't make progress; We do and, we are. It's just that I feel less qualified to be any kind of authoritative voice as I continually walk into new and uncharted territory.
Some of my previous posts have been from written from the vacuum of theory, and as such, you can be quite sure of yourself when you don't actually have to walk out the theory you're proposing.
I'm also realizing that the stories I tell here reflect real people, real lives, real hurt, real healing. To tell some of their stories feels like a bit of betrayal of their trust because there just isn't enough distance between now and their story that I want to tell.
I also don't think that we've walked far enough on this journey to say with any certainty on what is working and what isn't in many different areas.
So as such, I sometimes sit down to type and I feel like I know less and less. I'm learning more and more, but that is only putting into perspective all that I still don't know.
Who knows, maybe I'm actually maturing and don't feel like I need to pretend like I actually know more than I do.
I am a pastor in rural Manitoba that is passionate about the church, leadership, coffee and bicycles.