Saturday, July 18, 2009

ARC Assessment

Well, we're off to northern Georgia this weekend for our first real trial as pastor and pastor's wife. The ARC is the Association of Related Churches and their mission is to plant life giving churches in communities that need them all across the country. Needless to say, the Morrison campus of Crossroads Community Church fits the mold perfectly, so we have their support. We went to a training last month in Texas to learn about the in's and out's of planting a church and came back with much more knowledge than we left with and met a lot of great people in the process. This visit, however, is for our assessment, and if we "pass" we come back with thousands of dollars worth of funding that we're counting on! We've been taking several assessment tests (which are funny to compare... Josh and I are SO different!) and we have an interview as well as group activities with other pastors and their families who are launching their churches in the next few months. It should be a neat crowd. And we're not expecting it to be a stressful interview because the ARC wants to give us the money. The organization is actually pretty cool- they fund new churches, and in return, we will pay money into the ARC's pot once we're going, so that they can fund other churches... it's recycled money really: new churches they plant being funded by recent churches they have planted that are growing and thriving. It's all a part of the circle of life... or something like that. :) We'll let you know how it turns out when we return on Wednesday. Wish us luck!

And yes, this means that the puppitos are spending yet another fun-filled few days at the Chuck Wagon Country Inn. At the rate we're going, they're going to move in!

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