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Sometimes you have to slow down to get where you're going

I know it’s a few days since I made a post.  There is work in progress behind the scenes. Prayer, research, and planning. Most of it for Image Church.

I’m still in the grind to lead the work I believe God has called me to do in Jacksonville. It’s just a bit difficult to juggle some things right now.

2 Corinthians 4:8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;

If anyone is reading this intending to plant a church, believe me, it takes great sacrifice and hard work.

I thought I would make a brief post, then get back to the tasks at hand.

Thanks for your prayers. :)

Melody is possible because of sharps and flats

Finding balance or harmony in community work has been  a interesting process difficult for me.

For most of my adult life I worked for this large school district. I had lots of fun teaching at this middle school and this high school. I won a big award, that made me :) . I was named TOY- Teacher Of The Year. I was even blessed to work at the district level working serving in the Department Of Community Engagement. It was during this time of building partnerships for our school district with businesses, non-profits, and faith-based organizations that I began to see more of the needs within Jacksonville.

Now get this. Most of my time has been on helping to increase student academic achievement: either directly or from an administrative perspective. Recently, the leading  to start a ministry has me thinking…..where is the balance? Or, where is the harmony? Or is it both?

Balance is defined by Webster: to bring into harmony or proportion.

Harmony is defined by Webster: an interweaving of different accounts into a single narrative.

Hmm. I believe there can be balance. I believe there can be harmony. It’s like playing the piano. In order to have balance you must have sharps and flats.

What does it look like? Not exactly sure, I’m learning to enjoy the ride. Difficult at times? Yes. I have more confidence in HIM who has all things under control, than I who struggles daily. God wants me to succeed more than I do.

This blog may take on a different read. We shall see. Keep your eyes open.

My desire is to serve my generation…. 

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I posted a video a few days ago that the church plant Is On! What I didn’t know is the challenges I would experience thereafter recording the video.

Yesterday, I sent an email to a local school district official asking for assistance with gaining access to an area middle school. I received an encouraging reply about possibly being able to move forward. Well, late yesterday I received an email from the official that I would NOT be able to use the middle school. Talk about being dissappointed! This was the perfect location (IMO): space, parking, easily recognized in the city, downtown. It was perfect!

To make the sting stronger: I recorded a video in front of the school yesterday.

Lesson learned: When you’re denied access to an area or thing you really wanted, trust God that what he has planned is far greater than what you wanted.

I have no idea why our church plant won’t be able to use the school. I can’t dwell on it long. The quest now is to identify another location….quickly. I think it’s very important to build relationships in the community where we serve before the launch.

I hope you enjoy your Saturday!

This is a follow up to my post two days ago….just affirming what needs to be done.I recorded this video earlier today with my camera phone. However, I haven’t had the time to post it until late tonight. Continue Reading…

This was posted a week ago today on http://imagechurch.tv. I haven’t felt much like blogging recently. This week long off-period has been energizing!

Thank you for your support of ImageChurch.tv!

Church planting requires a lot of work and effort to make an impact in communities. In an attempt to help further the work that I believe God called me to to do it has become evident that all the necessary components aren’t in place to successfully build a vibrant community of faith. There are several reasons that have contributed to this, primarily a lack of volunteers, and lack of monetary support.

Thus, ImageChurch.tv will not be launching. I know this may come as a surprise, but it’s necessary. Some would argue that you don’t need to have everything in place to get started with ministry. While this may be true for some, I firmly believe that everything we do must be done in excellence. Without specific essential components it’s not possible.

Melisia and I greatly appreciate your prayers and words of comfort. So what’s next? We are prayerfully weighing our options and seeking advice from trusted mentors concerning future steps. Whatever it is, we’re confident it will be for God’s glory and the benefit of our community.

Blessings,

Dewitt

Posted via email from Dewitt Robinson