Friday, January 23, 2009

A Transition for The Well

For those of you who follow my blog but are not a part of The Well, I wanted to let you in on some changes that are taking place with our church.

Before we launched The Well, we learned about another missional church in Broad Ripple—Trinity—that had some astonishing similarities to what we envisioned the church to be. Over the past two years, I have developed a good relationship with their pastor, Todd Fisher, who has become a mentor to me. Whenever we would meet, we were always amused at how different we both were in our leadership styles and gift mixes, and yet always aware of how very similar our visions for church were. At various points, we would discuss the possibility of working together and bringing our communities together.

Recently, we made the decision to make that happen. As you can imagine, there are many details that I’m leaving out of the journey that led to this partnership, but there are several indications that this has been orchestrated by God.

What this means for me and my fellow “Wellers” is that we’ll be surrendering our name and our logo. For the foreseeable future, we’ll also discontinue our Sunday evening worship gatherings and, instead, will be joining our Trinity brothers and sisters on Sunday mornings to gather and celebrate.

However, we will continue to have our house churches in Hamilton County and will continue reaching out to serve the poor, the outcast, and the abused who live among us but are nearly forgotten amid the affluence of our community. In other words, those of us of The Well who have been the body of Christ to our Hamilton County neighbors are as committed as ever to continuing to be the body of Christ right where we live. Our little missional community is still very much alive and well!

If you’re interested in learning more about Trinity and our mission, I invite you to visit our website at or drop in and experience a worship gathering with us some Sunday morning.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

What Will You Do?

While on Christmas break, I read the book, "Terrify No More" by Gary Haugen, President of International Justice Mission. This is a remarkable book that tells the stories of some of the rescue efforts by IJM, but primarily that of dozens of young girls trapped in the child sex industry in Cambodia. It was heart-wrenching and heart-breaking, but also inspiring and hope-filled.

Haugen shares a quote early in the book. It's one that I've read before, but haven't spent much time processing. Lately, I can't stop thinking about it. It's by Edmund Burke:

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."

I would just like to invite you to think about that quote in light of the global atrocities that are occuring in places like Gaza, Zimbabwe, Darfur, the Democratic Republic of Congo and many others. We have so much influence--as citizens of the U.S. and as followers of the God of the Universe! We need to speak out. We need to give our money. We need to offer our time and our talent. We need to pray. This is hell and it looks nothing like the picture of life abundant that Jesus invites His followers to bring to their neighbors--of the local and global variety.

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."

What will you do?