Kim and I had lunch today with an amazing couple we know from our Menlo Park Days - Chris and Stephanie Thomas (and their amazing daughters who showed me how much fun you can have outside the Tacoma Glass Museum). A decade ago Stephanie and Chris were part of a small group of newlyweds that Kim and I led (today that group is impacting churches and communities all across the country). Two years ago they left behind the "security" of the PCUSA to embark on a remarkable faith journey of gospel, community and mission. Today they are part of SOMA Tacoma and helping to build a missional community, which is described on their web site by asking you to imagine:
WHAT IF CHURCH WASN'T A PLACE YOU GO BUT WHO YOU ARE?
What if a few neighbors lived out faith with you in the everyday rhythms of life? You'd share meals, watch each others kids, party together, serve neighbors, restore what's broken in your community, talk about Jesus a lot and see people begin to follow him. It would be messy and it would be glorious.
It makes me wonder what if that was true for every church?
PS – and without trying to sound parental – I am so proud of who Chris and Stephanie are as a couple, as parents and as Christ followers who have gone “all in” to spread the good news of Jesus!