A New Field of Service

So here I am- a continent, three cultures, and two months since my last post. A lot has changed. For starters, I’m still working with the IMB. Our regional leadership has been a tremendous support as we’ve begun the “About Europe” meetings and worked to launch the Upstream Collective. My new job is to connect churches with the work in Europe, and to train them for strategic personal involvement in what God is doing there.

portland.jpgI’ve also relocated to Portland. It’s an amazing city- friendly, diverse, creative, polemical, active. In my short time here, I’ve found that I’m not the only Christian subculture refugee. Now that the dust is settling from the hoards of corporately-sponsored professional church planters who have come and gone (all the cool kids are planting in Arizona/New Mexico these days), the Pacific Northwest is a pretty neat place to be. We’re going to see what it can be like to live here like we lived in Barcelona; in intentional missional community that concerns itself with people and what’s important to them.

We’re going to buy houses, remodel them, and rent them to neighbors for as little as possible. We’re going to drive as little as possible and share what we’ve got. We want to take care of the community by meeting the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the people around us.

So far, there are nine or ten of us. If you’re interested in joining us, let me know.

3 thoughts on “A New Field of Service

  1. Good luck on becoming a normal dude again. Its been three years for me and I think I am OK in my own skin again. I’m gonna guess you will like the change, given everything I’ve read from you. I recommend that you keep writing and posting about your transition. Folks need to hear from people like you. Theirs may not mimic your experience, but its so refreshing to just read something authentic from time to time. Too many bloggers try to preach instead of telling their story. The latter is a whole lot more interesting.

    A pint with your name on it awaits in my pub anytime.

    watchman

  2. Thanks for living out your faith by doing the unthinkable and leaving a great job. I’ve been there and done that. Was with the IMB 14 years. Knew God wanted me to “do something different in kind” in 1997 and made the leap from Regional Leader to something uncertain. I was amazed at God’s provisions. I was amazed at the joy of creating something new from nothing. I would have always regretted not taking the leap. Ended up on an amazing journey that lead me to consult churches, work as a mega-church mission pastor, mission staff at Saddleback, create new ministries, start new churches and believe it or not – after an amazing journey, the IMB wanted someone with my “experiences.” What a laugh. I’m back with the IMB.

    So…all that to say…walk on bro! Be encouraged. Don’t look back.

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