Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Gearing up!


I've been relatively quiet on matters concerning our new ministry here in Dickinson, Texas. The reason for this silence is that there was a transition in place and I didn't feel like it would be appropriate to divulge too much information. That has now changed. As of last Sunday, September 02, Tiff and I are formally the Lead Pastors of Bayou Community Church. Along with this comes the liberty to share more of where the ministry is and where we hope it will go. We're approaching "church" from a little different perspective in comparison to our last church which we pastored for the last 9.5 years; Living Springs in Bandera, Texas. We still very much love Living Springs and the wonderful people there but our hearts were beginning to be removed from the ministry there and God has now placed us here. Living Springs, having been our first pastorate had to put up with a great deal of inexperience with us. We think that this new work will benefit in that we have grown and matured a great deal since 1998. :)

We enter into this new work considering what it means to be the "church" in a more holistic manner. I pray that will translate into many coming to know Jesus as Savior.

This Thursday is our first midweek meeting in which we will have an open dialog about what it means to be the church and how the church should influence and impact our community. It's an ITF (Invent The Future) brainstorming session where we'll talk over many ideas that we can create into ministry. Another approach to ministry that we're going to consider as a young church plant is what I'm going to call Community3 or C3 which simply means community to the 3rd power. I'll be sharing more on this as it develops.

Needless to say, we're very excited about what God is preparing to do through BCC! Already we're seeing new faces come in and expressing a willingness to become part of this work! I think God is up to good things!

More to come :)

11 comments:

Rodney Olsen said...

I look forward to following the journey as everything unfolds.

Shannon said...

Thanks Rodney, me too! :)

Big Ear Creations said...

here there and everywhere... God is on the move man

Shannon said...

big ear,

Your comment in reminiscent of The Chronicles of Narnia; Aslan is on the move!

Thanks for stopping in. :)

Matt Vaandering said...

well, at the very least, i'd say that it's safe to say that God ISN'T up the BAD things

paul said...

very glad to hear whats happening on the ground :)

Shannon said...

Thanks Paul :)

~Cindy~ said...

hey tried to leave you and Tiff a message at the new church website..(it is looking good btw)

~Cindy and Pastor Dave~

Shannon said...

Thanks Cindy :) I'm not sure if I've got that function working properly yet or not. I need to double check that. :) Hope everything is going well for you guys!

Anonymous said...

You and Tiffany are such a blessing and extremely amazing people to know. Im so glad I was invited to come and try out Bayou Community. The kids and I have been searching for a church that we could plug into and serve others as well as be fed spiritually and be part of awesome community. I have felt a change just since I have first started coming and know that God is using you in Dickinson. I am very excited to see what Gods gonna do here! We love you guys! ~ M

Shannon said...

M,

You're words here are encouraging to say the least! We too are very excited to see what God is going to do through BCC. This next year is a year of possibilities!