As Karla and I became convinced the Holy Spirit was signaling it was time to step out and kick something off, our immediate thought is who will we do this with?
We're looking to express the life of the kingdom in a shared community.
If that's going to work, the essence of it needs to come from a bunch of people who increasingly share community together...so our approach to building a 'leadership team’ was based on considering who is it that we feel our lives resonate with, who could BE community with us and out of that relationship we can grow everything else.
If you're building collaborative community, you ask "Who can we do this with?"
If you're building a corporate organisation, you ask "Who is qualified to lead/serve here?"
We're not building a corporation.
So what qualifies you all to 'lead' is that you want to live in relationship with us and each other...if you're committed to that, that's what we're looking for.
Out of that, it’s God's responsibility to provide the various "skills" that he needs to build His church through the community we are creating. He said he will
build His church, our job is to use the keys he gave us to unlock the life of the kingdom together.
We respect each of you for your honesty in your faith, the integrity of your journey and your desire to live life and grow and see others increase in freedom. That's plenty enough for the Holy Spirit to flow through us.
So rest in that.
You should feel some weight in the commitment to act and live out what we seek to build...we are aiming to create an environment where people need to participate rather than spectate, so it will be an active church...but don't listen to any thoughts or lies that might whisper doubts in your mind that you're not qualified for this.
God has been preparing all of us for this from way before this idea occurred to any of us. We're looking forward to the journey with you.
Clarifying what we're creating.
The vision that's in our heart is essentially this: To draw a community of people together who are committed to seeing the life of the kingdom thrive in community.
That means pursuing the life of the kingdom above religion, honouring the Holy Spirit above any form or routine, and valuing people above any structure, dogma, or
hierarchy...ultimately, I believe this is really what it means to follow the life of Jesus.
What else can you add?