The other night we had some friends over who have come to mean very much to me.
These aren’t just any friends. We are friends on mission with God.
We laughed and spent some time catching up. We recalled some of the fun things we did together and the ways that God has worked in our lives.
Ten years ago, I didn’t know any of them.
Since then, we’ve started a church that has started churches together. We’ve baptized people. We’ve apprenticed and coached dozens and dozens of leaders. One of us has even added a kid to the mix.
The first time I met Josh Jackaway as at Community when he was an intern. When I was wresting with the call to move to Kansas City to plant churches, Josh volunteered to meet me early – real early – at a local Starbucks. I peppered him with questions about church planting and ministry and even got his take on God.
Josh now leads Mission Students and is making a huge impact.
The first time I met Nate and Jill Williams was at Leadership Community. We became great friends through a common love of music. It was a great day when he and Jill joined our church planting team.
Nate is part of the lead team of Restore Community Church, the same church we started together. He’s using his passion, skills and leadership to help people find their way back to God.
We are friends but more importantly we are friends on mission with God.
In fact, there is no reason why you and your friends can’t start movement. What if God could use our friendships to do great things?
We forget that God uses relationships to build his Kingdom.
We planted churches together in Kansas City. We served on the same staff team, invested in leaders and together did all we could to help start a reproducing movement of churches with the goal of changing the spiritual landscape of Kansas City.
While God has moved us to different cities, we remain on mission together.
That’s one of the coolest parts of being of the Jesus mission – doing it with friends.
God works through friendship. Jesus calls us friends when we are mission for Him:
You are my friends if you do what I command (John 15:16).
While I am bummed I don’t get to see this friends as much as I did, I am grateful we remain on mission together.
Who are some of the friends your on mission with? Have you thanked them for being on this great adventure with you?