I am sitting in my living room surrounded by my family (Grace, Cora, and Iver), much like year’s past, on this frigidly cold New Year’s Eve in Georgetown; Washington, DC. We are bringing in the New Year in style by watching The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe on DVD (because our cable is out), and waiting impatiently for our Uber Eats order of pizza (for the kids) and Thai Food (for the grown ups).
This past Sunday, we gathered together for the first time publicly in our city—Washington, DC.
120 in attendance. 2 baptisms. And lots of fun!
We are thankful to everyone who helped make this an amazing day for the launch of Veritas City Church.
May Veritas City Church be a lighthouse for the gospel in this amazing city for the next 100-years!
1. We don’t have a big budget.
As a start-up, of sorts, we can’t compete with the other guys. In this lane, we do not have much to offer you in terms of smoke machines, $100,000 sound equipment, moving lights, or even comfortable chairs. But we do have pop-up banners. And they’re sick!
2. We don’t have stuff for your kids.
Again, our bandwidth is small right now. We don’t have Awanas (if you don’t know what that is, don’t worry about it) on Sundays, and we don’t yet have a sweet kid’s program at our gatherings. But we do give your kids goldfish every week.
3. We don’t have potential people for you to date.
Because we’re small, you won’t find what you’re looking for here, so don’t bother. And even if we were big, I’d probably kick you out if this were you’re main motive. Only kidding… sort of. You’d have better luck on Christian Mingle, bro.
4. We don’t have the best speakers and musicians.
No competition here. All of our speakers and musicians are C+ at best. If you’re looking for Hillsong United talent, please do not come to our church plant. You will be highly disappointed, because unfortunately, we do not have Australian accents.
5. We talk about money sometimes.
Yes, I know. Can you believe it? I can’t either.
But if none of that stuff matters to you, let’s go!
I answer this question almost daily. What does it mean for a Christian to join a church plant? Here are five things that I would suggest:
ONE: It means that you redefine your expectations.
One of the hardest things for people in joining a church plant is fighting through the early stages of what I like to call the grind. In a church plant, we are just starting. In all reality, we are a start-up.
That means expectations need to be redefined. Redefining expectations for what the church is becomes a great starting place when entering the waters of a church plant. When you do this, things become clear.
The mission becomes more important than our personal comforts and needs.
You realize that you don’t need that perfect worship experience, or that amazing kids ministry, and you realize that you have an amazing opportunity to help make a church plant better each and every day.