Starting any business is hard. Starting a non-profit where you are totally dependent on the goodwill of others, is the hardest type of business to start. Starting a Christian or other faith oriented non-profit is the hardest type of non-profit to fund. Yet, every month, I am approached by daring Jesus followers who want to do just that. I don’t know if I should encourage them or tell them to get out while they can!
These brave souls are convinced that they are to stand in the gap between the church and the world and to try to build bridges between the two. It is an admirable call but a lonely one. These bridge builders are not “churchy” enough for the church leadership circles and they are too “churchy” for the non-profit circles. Local foundations don’t know what to do with us and neither do our pastors. I know this loneliness first hand. For years, I have compared Embrace Richmond, my non-profit, to a platypus – a strange creature that defies classification.
So, a group of us here in RVA have gotten together and decided to form our own network just for us strange, label-defying, bridge-building, gap-filling, Jesus-following types.
When you look in the mirror do you see a platypus?
When you look at the church, do you imagine big bridges protruding from the walls into the margins?
Is God calling you to build that bridge?
Do you feel like you are a bit insane to even have such thoughts?
Is your spouse terrified that you just might try it?
Is your pastor still trying to figure out how to keep you committed to your church roles by convincing you that your call is beyond the scope of the church?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, we know your pain! We invite you to come join us as we figure out how to bridge the gap between church and world together.
We meet at 10:30am one Wednesday of the month. We are rotating sites so if you want to join us, you first have to find us. I can make it simple for you. All you have to do is email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get you on the mailing list.
For all you non-platypus types who admire us but think we are a bit weird, just remember we love you and we need you. So pray for us!