New City Church launched in April of this year and while we are still in the very early stages as a church, there have been many things I have already learned and observed already. Some of which I wish people knew, which is why I am sharing them!
1) People make a much bigger difference than they think
In the Old Testament, the Israelites are commanded not to consume meat that still has blood in it. In Genesis 9:4 God tells Noah he and his family could eat animals for food, and also says “But you must not eat meat that has its lifeblood still in it.” It is also mentioned various times in the Old Testament laws that consuming blood was forbidden.
Email from me: My name is Dylan Dodson and I am leading a new church starting in the area in 2017 (newcityrdu.com). I saw on your guys’ website that you are moving to a new space, and was wondering what was going to happen to your space on Creedmoor road? We are looking around for potential places to meet in starting in January. Thanks!
Response: Hi Dylan. The space is still open and all set a for a church … stage, sound booth, power, and snake [sound cable] in the ceiling.
Could this finally be it? Probably not, we’ve struck out on eight places so far for New City to meet, and that is only counting the places I have had conversations with (and not all the places that might could work but we didn’t hear back from). This is Raleigh we are talking about, why can’t we find someplace to meet on a Sunday morning?!
Race relations have been a hot topic for debate this year. Black lives matter is countered with all lives matter. Being against police brutality is seen as being anti-police. Kneeling for the national anthem by NFL athletes in peaceful protest is argued to be against and ungrateful for our military. The list goes on.
Up until now, I’ve said/written/posted little to nothing about all this for two reasons.
How are things going?
I am asked that a lot right now. We are in a unique time right now as we prepare to start New City Church. There is a lot to prepare for; things that are exciting and things that make you anxious. You feel pretty much every emotion when planting a church.
I have been hesitant to write about how I have been feeling and how things have been going because I fear how it may come across. There have been times in the past where I read posts by others planting churches, and though I know they didn’t mean it, to me they came across as either one or two ways.
Patience is hard. I’m not sure I know anyone who would say “patience” is one of their strengths. There’s nothing fun about it.
It’s not like being generous, because it does warm our hearts to know we helped another. Or being someone who serves others well. Even when it is hard or inconvenient, you still feel the joy of blessing someone else. List any of the fruits of the spirit in Galatians 5: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control (queue the “fruits of the spirit song” that is now going through your heard if you grew up a part of a youth group).
What do you do when someone posts something online of one of your kids that you don’t like? Do you ask them to take it down? Just untag yourself from it and hope no one really sees it? Do nothing and hope it doesn’t happen again?
Maybe you’re afraid if you say something it will cause tension between you and the person who posted it? What if it’s your spouse who posts something you aren’t comfortable with? Yet they think it is perfectly fine.
More than ever, I think it is important to have a social media policy in place concerning what you will and will not allow to be posted online.