I was asked about four days ago to write a blog explaining why I chose to move to Atlanta and work with the 320 Network.
And, if I’m honest, since I’ve been down here I’ve asked myself the same question. But then I think back to the past year on the Race. I was constantly surrounded by community – beautiful, intentional, messy community. We knew all there was to know about each other – our highest highs and our lowest lows. We loved and fought, laughed and cried, argued and then celebrated.
And isn’t that how it should always be?
It’s been my experience that most people are just longing for somewhere to belong, people to call family, a house to call a home. My heart is to offer that to people. I want to meet people right where they are, love them in their current state, and just walk through life with them. I want them to know that they will always have a place to belong, a person to call family, and a place they are always welcome to call home.
My deepest desire is for every single person I come in contact with to feel and experience the deep and breathtaking beauty of what is possible when you CHOOSE to enter into authentic community and relationships, when you admit that you simply cannot do this life alone and begin to let others in on your journey.
There’s a dream deep inside of me of a place where people can come as they are. I mean truly, truly come as they are. A place where community and life happens around the table. A place where people are free to dream and see them become a reality. A haven where it’s okay to be broken because there is a sea of people waiting to love you rather than fix you. This is just the beginning.
It’s time for the world to see that the church is not a building, but a people.
Atlanta, I hope you’re ready to be loved like you’ve never been loved before! The best is yet to come.