Sometimes people will try to impose their plans for your dream. Often it's with the best intent but it still misses the mark. Why? Because it's not their dream. It's not their vision. Too often we allow the input and opinions of others to become a greater influence in our lives than the one voice that matters more than anything: God's.
We launched Storytellers Church on January 19th, 2014. What we knew from the very beginning was that we wanted to be a church that veered from the typical church format. One of the areas particularly was outreach. I knew from the day God birthed the vision for Storytellers in my heart what our outreach would look like. But I couldn't quite figure out how to get there. And as the days and months have gone by, I began to wonder if it was a vision of what would be or just an up in the clouds dream.
People began to ask why we weren't doing any outreach. How did we expect to grow if we were doing any outreach? When were we going to start doing events? I know. I always said I didn't want to be just a Sunday Morning church. Yet here we are.
So do we throw some flyers out, blow up some bounce houses and throw some hot dogs on the grill?
It's easy to walk the road that's paved, with signage and books about others who have walked the same road before you. What's not so easy is believing that the road that God is asking you to walk, though it's unpaved and seems to have incredibly difficult terrain ahead, is the road you're definitely supposed to be on.
The outreach structure for Storytellers Church is based all around the public schools. But I never knew how to make that happen. But God did.
We are now going to be partnering with Atwood Elementary for the 2014 - 2015 school year to help them in whatever (yes. Whatever!) they need. I met with the principal last week and was blown away by how incredible this woman's heart for her school was. We want to support her and equip her! And guess what? THAT'S THE VISION! It always has been! We will be volunteering at events, providing supplies for teachers, volunteering in the kindergarten classes and so much more! All to help the principal equip her staff. All to help the teachers do their jobs and pour into these kids. Will they ever come to Storytellers? I don't know. But I know that loving people is what we're called to do and this is how Storytellers has been called to do it.
Great days are ahead! We've seen God honor our patience and He has opened a door that only He can open. This partnership is not only going to be a game changer for Storytellers but for this community as well. There's no better time to get involved than right now!
All to Him,