thinking about starting a new homegroup soon, feel like maybe Jesus is saying the time is right. mentioned it to ronni at dinner tonight, and she said she felt like Jesus had said the same thing to her at church this weekend. it's funny, we're pastoring a church now, but we've never led a homegroup. usually, home group leadership is like ground level pastoring - you get experience gathering, teaching, caring, counseling, equipping, leading prayer ministry, managing conflict, ministering to others while going through the challenges of managing your own lives, communicating vision, you name it. so leading a home group is the first step in learning pastoral ministry. we've led small groups of various sorts, ministry teams, high school small groups, etc., but this will be the first full-fledged (God willing!) home group, or kinship, depending on what language you like. worship-bible study-sharing-prayer deal.
I suppose we start by looking for someone in the church to serve as hosts and recruit a couple who can be assistant leaders who we can equip to either eventually take over the group we plant together, or plant a new group out of this one as it grows. maybe look for a worship leader to partner with too. we're thinking maybe tuesday nights, we'll see. anyway, kind of fun to start a new adventure and see where God leads.
on a completely unrelated note, shopping for a new laptop tonight. my current one is 3 years old and sadly too slow to create my powerpoint sermon presentations with. I'll never be able to afford it, but for kicks, take a look at this link . Over $7,000. unbelievable price, but an unbelievable machine too.
old laptop will go to compassion minstry, probably, so it can be used to help the ministry team check people in more quickly and manage the data. steve davis, who is on the core team for the minstry, sent an email out saying as of this last weekend, compassion has given away nearly 600,000 lbs of food in it's history. awesome!