Wow! That’s about the best way I can describe LifePoint’s one-year anniversary as a new church community. In all respects, today was an outstanding Sunday. Our music was good, the atmosphere was good, and even the pastor didn’t fumble around too much. One person did wonder why I was wearing a shirt with pink stripes — but she’s six years-old and lives down the hall from me.
As I reflect on God’s faithfulness to us, we have much to be thankful. As I look forward into the future, we still have much more to do. In some respects we are just now “getting our legs.” We definitely have challenges, just as any new baby / organization / business would at one-year-old. Just trying to live and function in San Diego is a financial challenge. New churches are certainly not exempt from challenges … in fact, they seem to attract them 🙂
We also have tremendous opportunities that lie ahead. We started LifePoint because we wanted to see more and more people experience the life Jesus has in store for them. We have only seen the beginning of that! Many of those stories are yet to be written.
Our passion for the arts is beginning to build us a reputation among artists as an “artist friendly environment.” My dream is for LifePoint to be a springboard for redemptive creativity among artists. In other words, a place where artists can be inspired to create art that makes a difference. I’m especially pleased that we have a willingness to bring in artists who not from within our church community. On one level, this is a bit risky. But it’s also a sign of trust and validation that more than offsets the risks involved.
Challenges and opportunities are a normal part of life — in and out of church. Wouldn’t have it any other way.