My family and I moved to North Charlotte a few months ago, with little more than the blessing from The United Methodist Church, some furniture, and a vision of seeing people reconciled to God through Christ. While I frequently touted the motto, "you cannot microwave relationships," to potential partnering churches, I anticipated that somehow we would quickly find a dozen or so mature disciples that would help champion the vision that God planted in our hearts. We unashamedly begged acquaintances, friends, family, and people in our spheres of influence to uproot their lives and join us in this adventure.
Over the last several weeks, it has become clear that the gestation period for this vision is going to take longer than my impatient self would care to admit.
You cannot microwave a church, a God-sized vision, the birth of a baby, corn from the ground or barbecued ribs. While it would be easy to get discouraged, there is a nagging reassurance from the Spirit of God to keep tilling, keep planting and keep waiting.
Last night, we threw a Neighborhood Christmas Party in our house and invited everyone in our nearby community. I was amazed by the turn out and the neighbors we haven't met yet who showed up on our doorstep with an appetizer. One of the ladies that came engaged in conversation with me about my grill/smoker in the backyard. I told her I didn't have much experience with smoking meats and that we usually just used it for grilling. She reassured me that it was easy if you remembered the motto, "slow and low." What a timely motto for this new church plant: "slow and low."