I’m hanging out in St. Louis the next few days for the School of Congregational Development. Looming on the horizon: we are preparing to launch weekly Fusion, the second campus of First United Methodist Church in partnership with Dakota Wesleyan University, in just 3 short weeks. This conference should give me some great insight, information, and even a little break as I prepare for a shift in ministry roles.
For the last 6 years I have served as the sole campus pastor at DWU. This year things change; we’ve hired another pastor to work full-time with me as we both lead and shepherd campus ministry and Fusion. I can’t be more excited with all that God has done in the past 6 years and what amazing things are in store for the days ahead.
As I’ve prayed and worked with a team of folks over the last few years leading us to this place, a scene from the movie Independence Day keeps coming into my mind. David the scientist and Steve the pilot just sold their leaders on a rather daring plan to attack the invading aliens with a computer virus by flying an alien vessel into the mothership.
David: You really think you can fly that thing?
Steve: You really think you can do all that bull you just said?
Truth be told, we’ve had an amazing first year of monthly worships at Fusion with an average of 88 people with offerings of $1,400. That is awesome! God is definitely doing something in our midst and despite, at times, feeling inadequate, despite feeling like there are days I (and we) can’t do all that I (and we) promised, I know God can. I know that the Spirit is moving among us and God is going to help us and to equip us to do all that God wants us to do in this place with Fusion and campus ministry.
Here’s to a great few days at SCD listening and looking for God to speak!
God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us. (Ephesians 5:20-21)