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The Beginning

The idea for ‘church where you are’ came slowly at first. I guess it started while I was still Pastoring my first church. There are always people who cannot make it to church for various reasons. Some are home bound, some are in nursing homes. People travel, work swing shift, or are in the hospital. Some people are ill or injured. I was always trying to find ways to get them involved. The best idea we had at the time was to video our services, make DVD’s and hand them out. One problem was, not everyone had a DVD player. Another problem is, it is just another collection that accumulates around the house. We never did use the idea. I am sure it would have worked, at least in part. But, I thought, there must be something better.

One night, late in the Fall of 2009, I was chatting on the phone with Stacy, the music minister here on ‘church where you are.’ He had just recently resigned his church after seven years of service. I had resigned from my first church just a few months before. Both were kind of rough exits. He said, “all I want to do is lead worship.” I could identify with that. All I wanted to do was preach. I replied, “well then, let’s do it. I’ll come over and we’ll worship together. We can sing and praise and pray and just have our own little church service.” As I thought about this, I thought of many others who might like to participate. We could worship together, study, talk and just generally have “church” at his music store or at one of our houses. But, I thought, not everyone would be able to come. I thought, I guess we could record it somehow, put it on DVD or even on the internet. BING. The idea struck me. Why not invite everyone to participate in worship with us, online? A few days later, I met with Stacy at one of our favorite restaurants and presented the idea for ‘church where you are’ to him. He said, “let’s do it, man.” After supper we went back to my house where he promptly set up the page and it has been going ever since. I wasn’t sure where we were going, but I believed God called us to it. Just as Abraham was called out of his homeland to go to a land not his own, to a people not his own by God to inherit the land, so God called us to venture off on this journey. I now invite you to join us on this journey into the unknown.

The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” And let him who hears say, “Come.” Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take of the free gift of the water of life. He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.” Amen. Come Lord Jesus. The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen. (Revelation 22:17, 20-21)

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