What would you say if I told you that a few years ago the subject of Rob and I planting a church together came up and I absolutely hated the idea? I really did. The reasons for me not being crazy about the idea were legit. Both Rob and I had been through the toughest season of our lives and were sort of staggering, regaining our footing. After some time to rest and recalibrate, we were feeling much stronger, much better together. Rob casually brought it up to me one day, “What do you think about planting a church together?” My quick answer, “H*ll No.” For real. I was healing, no doubt, but no where ready to take up that responsibility. I was overwhelmed with being a mom to three teenage girls, all wonderfully spirited, busy schedules, and all of the ins and outs of what it means to be a mom to three teenage girls and everything that goes along with that all at once. I honestly had never enjoyed my girls and their friends more, they continue to fill me with deeper joy and love I could have ever known without their precious lives. I was maxed out with the demands of daily living, dealing with a chronic disease and still trying to focus on regaining my physical and spiritual strength. All the while, I knew it was to be. Rob and I have been in ministry together since we were in high school. Our hearts were united around the cause of knowing Jesus and making him known. The shape of what we have done for that cause together and separately has changed, but the core of our heart’s belief has not.
And then suddenly, I was struck with a resoluteness that God had a plan for us in this city and our community for a new way of doing church. When I started to think about it, the more I thought about it, the more I knew it was right, and it was time. As deep as my resolve was to not want to do it, the peace I had knowing this was God’s plan was as all encompassing as I have ever known God’s peace to be.
Rob and I have been married almost 26 years. We’ve been around the world and back together, literally and figuratively, several times and more. I couldn’t be more excited about this next season of life together as we join a few friends and start a church together.
I love God. I have compassion for his people, especially those who live around the edges, a familiar place to me. Rob is a phenomenally gifted leader. The team around us are jumping in just as intently and passionately as we are.
KCUnderground will be a church for those who are lovers of Jesus and lovers of people. We are so excited who joins us in this movement and what God does in our city. This weekend dozens of people will sign on the dotted line and commit to join our Core Team as we lay the foundation for the Underground. If you live in the KC metro area and are interested, check out our KC Underground website and see if this way of doing church and living life is for you.
This amazing team of leaders would love for you to join in.
Peace to you. More to come…