It’s sweltering hot here in Seattle this week. It’s also hot in many places. How did Al Gore manipulate the weather to get more support for his cause behind Inconvenient Truth?
When I became a Christian at 18, I never heard anything about the moral dilemma of environmentalism until seminary. I still wrestle with how to more organically speak of environmentalism and care of God’s creation within the context of a larger framework of ministry. I’m constantly challenged by individuals at Quest that not only talk the talk but walk the walk. Individuals that bike regularly to work, go hybrid and biodiesel, compost galore, and even taking steps to utilize solar energy. Very cool. I have much to learn. I’ve always felt like I’ve done my part and even converted my wife who is becoming the recycling Nazi. She recycles everything…
Goodness, these people work quick. Here’s the article [huge front cover of the Local Section] from the Seattle Post Intelligencer on the Quest/Interbay merger and their observations from yesterday’s service.
I tell this to every pastor that I encounter: People are watching your church community more than you will ever now. We have visitors that share about how they’ve been watching, following, and observing for months or even for years before they make their first visit.
Time to come up for some air. It’s been a very BUSY past few months; a little more pushing in the next three months to pound out some “minor” building renovations in August and then a chance to rest in the Fall. Transitions are very tough and through these transitions, trying our best to make sure that people [both from quest and the interbay community] don’t get lost in the transition and translation.
Quest celebrated our first service together as ONE church yesterday [Sunday, June 3]. I was exhausted [mainly because of an intense trip to Detroit] but the gathering was momentous. It almost seems surreal but the merger is now a done deal; We now enter the third season as a church community and missional ministry [The first season was the literal birth and planting of Quest and the second season was the founding of our non-profit community development – the QCafe]. The city of Seattle seems to be surprised and intrigued by this “merger” as well. The Seattle PI published a huge Local Section front cover article [and front page photo] on the Quest/Interbay merger and their observations from yesterday’s service. UPDATE: here’s another article from the Covenant Wire.
Here’s the video we showed to honor the “Interbay community” at yesterday’s service and the ONE CHURCH newsletter [pdf]. The photo below the video is from yesterday’s service [taken by Joanie K]. On behalf of Quest, I am presenting the first of many framed photos that will be hung on the church entrance as a “tribute” to the legacy of Interbay. Pastor Ray Bartel, Interbay’s former senior pastor, is accepting the gift. As of June 1, he joined our church’s pastoral staff.
On Saturday, my family and I, along with some of our church staff and leaders welcomed some of the folks from the “Interbay Community” to our home for a barbecue lunch. It was great to enjoy some time with them outside the church Continue reading “we are one”
This past Sunday, Interbay Covenant Church celebrated their last Sunday together as Interbay. It was such an incredible service. They did a great job not only celebrating their 65 years of amazing history but more importantly, celebrating the creator of their ministry and community – Jesus. Minhee and I and a few other Questers chose to worship with Interbay; I was invited to share a few words to invite them to our first Sunday together as One Church but my emotions completely overwhelmed me and I broke down in tears. It wasn’t what I intended but as I looked out to the congregation and especially those that have been at Interbay for 20, 30, 40, or even 50+ years… They weren’t tears of sadness. Rather, tears of gratitude and amazement because of their courage, faith, and Kingdom mindedness.
As these two churches merge, Interbay will, by name, no longer exist as of May 31 and will join Quest. However, their legacy will continue. And Quest will do its part – to love, honor, and value each of the 50 or so folks from Interbay that will join us. The two videos below is a small glimpse Continue reading “an incredible legacy”
There’s been much talk in the “evangelical church” and christian blogosphere about the problem of the “feminization” of the church. Some even see the “emasculation” of Christian men as one of the largest threats to the evangelical church. Really? As a result, we’re seeing examples of churches challenging Christian men to be more manly and indirectly calling for an old school hierachy in the roles of men and women. What does that mean? Continue reading “jesus – i’m sorry i’m not a “real man””
[updated May 6] This past Sunday, Quest also voted in favor of merging with our neighbors, Interbay Covenant Church. Two weeks ago, Interbay – an older, established church with 65 years of history, voted to merge with Quest – a newer [6 years], emerging, multiethnic, and missional church. The ”merger” is amazing because while two equal churches are coming together, Interbay has chosen to join Quest and dissolve as a formal organization and institution. Their Kingdom vision has been humbling and amazing… Continue reading “quest + interbay = one church”