STORYCHURCH exists to help people embrace the story they were meant to live. Everything we do is about that. It’s about taking people who have no faith, little faith, or damaged faith and helping them to discover or rediscover Jesus.
The vision for our church has always been to be a church that has large impact on our city. We want to love our city in ways that causes people to engage with Jesus with fresh eyes. We want to do everything we can to introduce people to the Author of every story, the one who takes incomplete, broken, going-nowhere stories and turns them into EPIC adventures.
I believe that one of the primary ways a church can shape culture and impact a city is from the inside out, rather than the outside in. I believe it means engaging our city in the places where people live, shop and get their coffee. It’s being actively involved in the places where they spend their time, their money, and where they hang out with their friends.
For the last two years at least, God has been impressing on my heart the need for us to play a larger role in the heart of our city. And so I’ve prayed. I’ve fasted. I’ve walked the streets of the downtown area of Durham and placed my hands on buildings and asked God for his leading. Two years in a row we’ve moved our Easter services into the city – to test the waters and to see what we could learn.About six months ago I moved my office out of my home and got a small place on 9th street downtown so that I could be more present here in the city. And I’ve continued to pray. Continued to fast. Continued to ask God for His leading.
And now we enter a new step in this journey together as a church. Over the last couple of weeks a team has begun meeting regularly together. Their task is to put some legs to this vision, to hunt down our options, and to continue to see if this might be the time that God would choose to open something up for us downtown. They’ve started with more than 20 facilities in mind. They are grading each one based on space, cost, parking, kids spaces, accessibility, capacity for growth, etc.
So STORYCHURCH, here’s what I’m asking you to do:
- Pray. Pray for this team, pray for wisdom, pray for God to open up doors or knock them down if need be.
- Keep your eyes and ears open. If you come across a friend or relative or coworker who happens to know someone who knows someone, let us know.
- Lean in. In the coming weeks, we are going to roll out a vision and some specific goals that will both excite you and probably scare you as well. Every movement of God requires change. It requires flexibility. It requires us to serve more, give more, love more, pray more, and die more. Die more to ourselves, our preferences, and our own agendas.
I believe that 2013 will be the greatest year in our short history. I believe this ride is about to get even more fun. But it won’t all be easy. We will ask more of you. But when God moves it will be so worth it. So lean in.
Over the coming weeks and months we will continue to keep you updated, so stay tuned for more. It’s an exciting season for us STORYCHURCH. The best is yet to come.