July Something- at the coffee shop

I’m at the coffee shop thinking about other ways to help River Bend become more appealing to people. I come up with “program ideas” but in the long run, there’s got to be something to hang on to these people with. So somebody comes to a cool event, what’s to get them to come back to one of the churches. It makes me think that the whole “River Bend” thing needs to get something radical involved in it. I agree with John Mc. That it requires going back to basics. People come to church to get Jesus- or social- So what if they get a Bible study of mixed groups. – People from each church represented in each group. Train the leaders to do something good and start a cell group and then let it grow and divide. – Is this still a working model that is working in churches or has it been abandoned? I don’t know.

I don’t know what else to say about it.

Other ideas:

A music event- worship bands and choirs perform. (fundraiser for the mission trip?)
Cell Groups

I guess I don’t have that many ideas.

Thirsty Missions

So I’ve been wanting to start an organization that plans short term mission trips for adults. After some thought and prayer, I got the name, Thirsty Missions. My friend Kim wondered if I wasn’t going to let the participants have any water. But really, it’s from Matthew where Jesus says, “when I was thristy, you gave me something to drink.” And basically, I guess I’m nervous about the whole thing. I mean, what if it’s not the right name? I also thought of Phish Missions today. (PHISH stands for Proclaim, Honor, Involve, Strengthen, and Help- but I am stealing that from a youth ministry I was involved with several years ago.- BUT I helped create that purpose statement then, too- so it’s already partially mine. Maybe.)

In the mean time, we are planning to go back to Biloxi this fall. How cool is that? The United Methodist camping director for MN offered to let us promo it in the fall camp brochure- but River Bend requested that we keep it to just us for now. – I have mixed feelings about this.

I have interest meetings coming up on Sunday the 9th, and Tuesday the 11th, and Thursday the 13th- Isn’t it funny I have to work those nights? I wonder how I’m going to do that.

I feel funny about recruiting for this next mission trip in the summer. NOBODY is in church. But the ones that were there sang “Here I Am, Lord”, so maybe I can take that as a sign.

This is my first Blog entry. I think it doesn’t really say anything.