In no particular order, these are the five most interesting and compelling characteristics I see for Commission Church after it has existed for five years.
In his account of the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem, Nehemiah warned against outside discouragement and internal division (Nehemiah 5). Both are strategies that Satan uses to oppose the work of God.
The last few weeks has seen an intense ramping up of planning for upcoming servant evangelism projects and our three preview services. Our last couple core group meetings have lasted well into late Sunday afternoons, and the planning continues into the week in the form of emails, phone calls, texts, and more meetings.
Nehemiah had many people who helped him rebuild the walls of Jerusalem (Nehemiah 3). The project could not have succeeded without faithful and committed builders. As I told my wife one day after devotions, “Honey, we need to pray for mighty men and women to join the core group.” Since then, we have been praying, “Lord please bring to us mighty men and women to build this church.”
We’ve been struggling with finding an image that will embody what Commission Church stands for, and be simple, unique, and instantly recognizable. We wanted something that would look good in monochromatic printing (for when we can only print in grayscale), and that would look good as an icon for our online presence (Facebook, Twitter, etc.).
Last week I had the opportunity of attending Exponential, the largest church planting conference in the nation and maybe even the world. I had the privilege of rubbing shoulders with likeminded people to whom God has given the vision of starting a brand new church, i.e. “church planting.”
Commission Church recently had its first ever retreat. It was a small and intimate group, perhaps befitting the church’s current growth stage. But even though there were only seven of us, we didn’t skimp on any of the ingredients of a great retreat.
The name “Commission Church” grew organically out of a desire for our name and our mission to be synonymous.
The early church in Acts started with people coming together and praying. It was an exciting time of transformation and learning to exist and grow as a community. Today, many choices for worship and ministry vie for the time and energy of believers.