If it was easy, I'd be worried. It's not easy. It's challenging and confusing and overwhelming. We - our staff - finding ourselves freaking out at various times during the day. With just cause.
It's challenging because it's new and fresh, unlike anything we've ever done. Everything in our future as an organization seems discombobulated - service schedules, office locations, signage, set-up, service length, leadership teams. We have no idea how to do church at a movie theater, which is where our second location will be.
Everything seems discombobulated, with more unanswered questions than any of us are comfortable with.
And yet....it's in wrestling with the questions that we find answers, and discover more about ourselves, and - most importantly - redefine just why in the world we are in the middle of such a chaotic and challenging mess.
We know why we do this.
We are called. Our church is a living organism that breathes the truth of this one thing: God loves people. Many people are very far from him. We want to help. And this mission - this holy discontent - drives us to our knees begging for guidance, and draws us up to the challenge of - again, again and again - doing whatever it takes.
So - crazy times for us. We can't even decide what to call the church(es) in their new, separate locations. As my coworker Susan said today, we are having a bit of an identity crisis.
But it's only regarding the external. We know who we are. We know why we're here.
We're doing a good work. We can't come down.
We're getting 'er done.