I stood outside in the rain today for an hour to see who would talk to me. Between 8 and 9 in the morning, especially when it isn’t raining but even when it is, South Broad Street’s sidewalk is a river of people streaming to work. This morning, the bells of St. Rita’s started and ended my morning discipline with bright sense of determination that contrasted with the gray day.
I just started my work as the Development Pastor at Circle of Hope Broad and Washington. I’ve been charged to lead the charge in our next era of church planting. Circle of Hope is one of the best kept secrets in town. We need to get out there to find the next 100 people who want to partner with us and Jesus in our mission.
It was not an ideal day to hit the street, but I had a good umbrella. I had to use the time I had while I have it. I stood in front of our building at 1125 S. Broad Street and I said “good morning” to people. This is already an act of revolution unfortunately, but I wanted to go deeper. I wanted to see if anyone would actually talk to me. I wanted to see if any of those 100 partners were walking down Broad Street this morning. I started out the hour thinking it would be great if people were interested in the flyers I was holding in my hand but by the end it dawned on me that these people would be back on Monday. I thought, “Wouldn’t it be neat if we created this sort of morning community right here. I could be that guy who smiles and says hello. I might even be more intriguing than my brightly colored flyers, and certainly less disposable.”
This strategy comes from our proverb: “Our deliberate attempts to make disciples are “incarnational,” friend to friend, so we accept that what we do will almost never be instant.” (link) I’m making friends on South Broad Street. I pray that Jesus be here with us.