What do I really want? This question has been on my mind lately. While in Orlando I wanted to be a part of a HUGE movement of God. I wanted to see hundreds of people who were not pursuing a relationship with Christ start pursuing a relationship with Christ. I wanted it to happen fast. I did not want to waste a lot of time. I wanted River Ridge to be “different.” I wanted this new church to rock the world around us and be a really cool place to worship at. I looked at the success of other church planters and wanted what they had …

Well, it’s been three years since Rhonda and I left Orlando. River Ridge is almost two years old. I still want to see HUGE numbers of people pursue a relationship with Jesus Christ. I still want to see hundreds of people finding real life at River Ridge. I still want it to happen fast. I still want River Ridge to be a safe place for people to explore real faith. But, I am not so sure that I want River Ridge to be a “cool cutting edge place.” I am not against that; I want us to be cutting edge; I want us to be different. I want us to be more than a cool place; I want people to say “God is in this place.”

It’s not that God has not been here … I am longing for God to show up in a way that we have never experienced before. I want people to be drawn to our worship experiences, not because our music rocked, the videos are cool, or the sermon was great. I want people to say, “I don’t know what makes this place different from other churches. It just seems like God speaks to me here. I feel something different than I’ve ever felt at any other church. I can’t wait until next Sunday. I’m going to bring someone with me next week.”

That’s what I really want! How about you?