The worst part of moving is the excruciating amount of time it takes to go through all the stuff. You find yourself asking, “Where did we get all this?” There are times when I think it would be so much easier just to start from scratch; but most of us end up sorting through everything to figure out what to keep, what to sell, and what to get rid of.
The truth is, when you go on a journey there are always things you carry with you, and things you leave behind.
The goal is to figure out what you absolutely need moving forward. This is where we’re at as a church family—it’s moving week at Milestone Church.
We’ve got the bags packed, the bus loaded up and we’re headed out to our new home.
And if you want to know what I’m thinking about, it’s this: I want to do everything I can to help every person make the transition.
I want to make sure everyone’s on the bus.
It’s been eight years since we moved into the grocery store behind Taco Casa.
And I have to admit, between the squealing A/C unit, rolling blackouts during service, a leaking roof, and parking challenges, there are a few things I’ll be glad to leave behind.
But it’s what we are taking with us that’s important:
- An environment built on the foundation of Jesus.
- A spiritual family that walks in unity and cares about our community and the world.
- People who are authentic, prefer others, help the hurting, and extend grace.
- A multi-generational church that transfers what’s important to the next generation.
- The memories of people coming to Christ, being baptized, walking out their callings, meeting their spouses, and finding spiritual family.
We’re going to keep doing what we’ve been doing from the beginning: reaching people and building lives. We’ll keep making the main thing the main thing.
Every step of the way, from a hotel lobby, to a middle school cafetorium, to a building on Willis Lane, to the grocery store behind Taco Casa, He’s remained faithful.
We don’t hold on to buildings…we hold on to Jesus, we hold on to His Word, and we hold on to people.
Our role as living stones is to keep pointing people back to the Cornerstone that makes us who we are.
This has never been about one or two talented people. It’s takes all of us doing this thing together.
Milestone is and will always be an everyone church.
I get emotional when I think about your faithfulness, your generosity, and how you love people. I’m honored to be your pastor.
Most importantly, moving forward we take with us the faithfulness of God. He never leads us there to leave us there. He’s right there waiting for us, Milestone.
This isn’t the end of the journey…it’s only just beginning.