Wow, where to begin…
For a couple of weeks now God has really laid it upon my heart to strip off what is hindering and run the race that HE has before me. And, I feel like I have, but there is ONE thing that He keeps asking me to do and I have battled my own flesh to do it.
I finally realized that my disobedience was hindering me from the blessing, and well…here we go, the birth of a series of topics/thoughts/ideas that are coming straight from my heart.
I don’t know if they will always be on Tuesday’s, I don’t know if it will be a weekly thing or a random thing, but I do know that I can no longer put off what God has laid on my heart.
I hope that through some deep, honest, and REAL conversations that we can all grow and be blessed. Be gentle…part of the Transparency is for me to lay it out there, and to be quite honest, that’s just SCARY! (No, really, it is…) But I truly believe for us to grow into the person that God has created us to be that we will have to endure some times of “stretching”, and well…here’s one of mine.
Transparent Tuesday – Looking for a New Home Church
This past weekend our family went to a great church here in the Ft. Lauderdale area. They are a mega church and have many campuses around our neck of the woods. We were sort of excited because this church has an outstanding reputation in the community and in the church world. We were also excited because a few of our really great friends are also going to that church, so we knew that we would be walking into 1) a new church, but also 2) that we would at least know a few people there.
Going to a new church is not a new thing for people…as a matter of fact, people do it all the time. The hard part about this “searching for a new church home” is that my husband & I were both pastors on staff (full time) at a large mega-church right outside our neighborhood. We had been at this church for over 10 years, I came to Christ at this church, developed a passion for serving and ministry at this church, we both gave our life and work to the Lord there, and my kids grew up in this church. My in laws were a big part of the development of that church as well and served there for 19 years…so, needless to say, when we felt God leading us out of ministry there it was a devastating blow to our family. But…we knew, in our heart of hearts, that it was time for us to move on.
So now, here we are, the average American family on the search for a new church family. It has not been an easy journey for us. We’ve been backstage and know all the bells and whistles, so it can be hard to “turn that part off” in our minds…but we know that God is faithful and our journey is getting close to an end. I truly believe that there is NO PERFECT church…so I go into the seach just seeking confirmation that we are finally “HOME”.
If you are seeking and searching a new church home, you are not alone. But I can tell you this…God wants us in fellowship and community. He wants us to be a part of the Body of Believers. He wants us to give, to serve, to grow. It’s not easy walking into a new church, but like Bill Hybels says, “The local church is the HOPE of the World”.
What do you think…
Why do you think it is so hard for people to find a church home?
What is it about your church that makes you feel at home?
If you have not found a church home, then what are you looking for?
Thanks for allowing me to share a peek inside of me. I have so many things I would LOVE to talk about with you all through these Transparent posts. If you have something that you would like to see brought up shoot me an email here —–> Melissa Mashburn.