I wrote a pretty thorough history of Collective Church's first year on the church website (along with help from a few people). It's been an amazing experience so far, and I wanted to share it with you. Here's the first bit. If you want to read the whole thing, click here.
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In the fall of 2013 I had no idea what I was going to do next. I found myself with no job, no church, and (worst of all) no plan. At various points during that time, several friends of ours came alongside my wife and me and said, “If you started a church, we would go.”
Starting a new church was not something I set out to do. Not at first, anyway. But I thought about all of the things I would have wanted from a church, and I realized there wasn’t really anybody doing those things.
So when our friends said they would attend a church if we started it, I thought to myself, If I’m going to start a church, it’s going to feel like a different kind of conversation. It will be simple and honest and safe for people with all kinds of stories and backgrounds.
At first, I imagined that "the church" would simply be us and a few friends hanging out at our house on Sunday mornings—sitting in our living room, drinking coffee and talking about faith. But when we had an informational meeting in an airplane hangar in December 2013, it became quite clear that our house would not be big enough for this group.
That was a year ago.
Now we are at the end of our first year as a church, and I’ve been thinking a lot about the past twelve months and how meaningful they have been for my family and me.
One of the most common commands in the Old Testament to the people of Israel is to “Remember.” The people are told to remember their story because within that story they will find themselves, their calling, and their connection with God.
I believe we are still called to remember—to tell our stories and to celebrate what has happened so far on the journey. That's why I'm writing this (with a little help from my friends). If we are to remember who we are and why we do what we do, we need to tell our story.
As we begin, I just want to say that if you are part of Collective Church or have been involved in any way—from attending on a single Sunday morning to arriving an hour and-a-half early every week to prepare the children’s rooms (shout out to Daniel and Lauren Mitchell!), then you are part of this story, and I am thrilled to share it with you.
Let’s get started, shall we?