I find myself somewhat reflective today. CityCom is one (as in years old). This “grand experiment,” this “adventure in Indy” we call City Community Church officially came to life one year ago today: March 1, 2009. It’s still so surreal in such a beautiful sort of way.
But today there is no cake, no gifts, no party. Some birthday, huh?
Maybe we’re overly-sensitive, but we’re cautious of celebrating existence. Existence, just being here, really doesn’t mean much in God’s Kingdom. In fact, God doesn’t really look too kindly on just existing.
Check out Jesus’ words from Luke 13 (emphasis mine):
6-7Then he told them a story: “A man had an apple tree planted in his front yard. He came to it expecting to find apples, but there weren’t any. He said to his gardener, ‘What’s going on here? For three years now I’ve come to this tree expecting apples and not one apple have I found. Chop it down! Why waste good ground with it any longer?‘
8-9“The gardener said, ‘Let’s give it another year. I’ll dig around it and fertilize, and maybe it will produce next year; if it doesn’t, then chop it down.‘”
To put CityCom’s birthday in Jesus’ terms: we don’t want to celebrate that the tree is still standing, we only want to celebrate if it’s actually producing good fruit.
So, no church growth statistics today (although a few of them might impress you). Just people. Beautiful people. That’s what I want to celebrate.
People taking “one step closer to becoming fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.”
People accepted for who they are, but challenged to become all God created them to be.
People embracing a journey of risk, adventure, and transformation.
People longing to know what it means to be The Church, not just go to church.
This is the fruit. The fruit we long for. The fruit that we celebrate. The fruit we desperately hope is pleasing to God. And we’re seeing signs of it. Beginnings. “Buds.”
I’m so grateful to all of you who, in one way or another, have made City Community Church come to life. May we bear much fruit. One year down, and the adventure is just beginning.