By: Dom Ruso, Lead Pastor at the180
"Am I a God Who is near," declares the LORD, "And not a God Who is far away?" (Jeremiah 23:23)
One of the great joys of being a pastor is hearing people's stories.
It is a special privilege to be able to listen to the good memories, tough questions, and sad moments of others.
As Bev and I have continued to learn about our own story in this new season of church planting, we have met many wonderful people who are seeing the180 as a place to call home and are deciding to come along with us for the ride as we learn, love, and live this adventure.
A few months ago, I remember thinking of how great it would be to share some of the stories of the people who are giving time, meaning, and vision to the kind of church we believe the180 is becoming.
Sure, we have a vision statement, but it's people who make that vision come to life.
As we prepare for our official launch we've captured some short videos of a few wonderful people who remind us of the kind of church we wish to be: a safe place to get honest about our wounds, a thoughtful place to process questions without shame, and a church family with whom to raise our own families in a complicated and changing world.
Over the next few weeks you'll be introduced to the honest reflections of people wrestling with church and faith within the life of the180. These courageous friends let us into their stories so that we might get honest about ours. There are some wounds, some fears and some honest questions about how church, God and faith all fit together. We've all been there.
The truth is that these stories are our stories.
We are all on a journey, one not meant for us to travel alone. Along the way, people, experiences, and key encounters shape that journey. For many people that journey brings them face to face with questions about God, spirituality, faith and the longing to make a difference in this world.
As a new church excited about the future we believe that the180 is the kind of church many people are looking for. These stories are a reminder that some people are already finding their place among us.
Perhaps it's time for you to join us as you consider a spiritual journey where healing and hope can once again become part of your story.
Please also join us this Sunday as we begin a new sermon series at 10:30am - All In: Loving Jesus in a World of Distractions.