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In the summer of 2007, a friend in Pittsburgh asked me if I were to plant another church what would it look like. What came out of my mouth that day was the foundation of the next phase of our journey with God. As I looked at my friends and acquaintances who were around my age, I saw a deep desire to do something great…something significant with the remainder of their lives. Many had accomplished what they had set out to do in their early 20’s…career, home, family and as they looked the second half of their lives squarely in the eye, they found that what they had done with the first part of it with all of the accomplishments; all of the trappings of success didn’t bring the fulfillment and sense of significance that they thought it would. Many were asking themselves these questions… ‘Is this all that there is?’… ‘You mean I gave my life to and for this?’

 

I’ve heard it said that the deepest yearning of the human heart is to be significant; to live a life of purpose and meaning…to have a legacy that would far outlive us. I have learned on my journey as a follower of Christ that what we do does not define who we are… which is to say the significance we all seek as human beings will not come simply by doing stuff…no matter how good the stuff we do may be. Jesus teaches that significance can only come as a result of a transformed heart and that happens as a result of turning our lives over to him and allowing him to have his way in us and with us…by changing who we are from the inside out. It’s when we empty ourselves of ourselves and seek to become like him and strive to accomplish his purpose for us that we become significant. Jesus tells us that who we are will define what we do which is 180 degrees out of phase with what our culture teaches us. I say all of this because I knew if my friends were to follow what our culture teaches us; to simply attempt significance by doing good stuff, at the end of the day they would still be left with the questions they had been asking in the first place…

 

As we sat around the kitchen table at my friend’s house, I began to cast a vision for a church that would connect people who were in search of significance with the only one who could give it to them. It would begin with a call to serve others…something that many if not most were more than prepared to do. Next would be to provide a venue and a context for that service in community with followers of Christ who are serving out of the desire to live and serve as Christ first served. Along the way relationships would begin to develop; lives would be shared; perhaps walls and prejudices would be torn down; hearts and minds would be opened; the love and grace of Christ shared…and lives would be forever changed. The lesson is that we don’t serve to obtain significance…in fact quite the contrary. We serve…we do good stuff because we are already significant through our relationship with Christ! In other words, it is our relationship with Christ that defines us; that gives us the significance that we all desire…not what we do! The fact is that by having our significance as a child of God through Christ sets us free to serve others in a way that is not at all self-serving. If a church can draw people… whose deepest yearning is significance and the vehicle is serving others…by offering ways and avenues of service in conjunction with authentic community where Christ will be introduced or perhaps re-introduced to them, lives will be transformed and Christ will be glorified! I believe with all that is within me that when the church functions in this context…When it seeks to be Missional…Incarnational…and Transformational…It is functioning in the way that Christ meant for it to function!

 

This is the kind of church I want to plant…It is the kind I want to lead. I also believe it is the kind of faith community that people will desire to be a part of and belong to… and I think Asheville is the perfect place to do it!

 

Kevin - Pastor