I’ve heard it said, “The more birthdays you have, the less you celebrate them.”
I hope that’s never true at Restoration.
I’ve believed this community has been a gift to my family, to our families, and to the community since the day it began and each year the gift continues.
Today, we celebrated the 2nd anniversary of the very first gathering we ever had. On that first-ever service, we met in the Trinity Meeting Center. It was a small space for adults with our kids stuffed into their break room.
It wasn’t pretty.
Church planting rarely is.
What makes Restoration truly unique is it’s heart not just be in our community, but to be for our community. Over the past two years, we’ve seen awesome things happen. We’ve come together to serve in amazing ways; we’ve assisted in restoring children coming out of sex trafficking, aiding families in foster systems, ending childhood hunger, and many more. These are really tricky areas to get involved with.
It’s not very pretty.
Real serving rarely is.
One of the things I love is the growth of our community, not just numerically, but spiritually. We’ve seen atheists become agnostics and agnostics become believers. We’ve seen people from other religions join us to seek after Jesus. We’ve met many outside the comfort zone and confines of religion who have come to find a relationship with Jesus. It’s not clean or simple. It’s messy and complex.
This isn’t always pretty.
True life change rarely is.
Planting, serving, community, services, and life change are not always pretty.
While it’s not always pretty,
it is absolutely beautiful.
I could not be more proud of our church; what we’ve done and what we’re going to do. I believe the best days are ahead of us and I can’t wait to see what is to come!
KEVIN STAMPER | LEAD PASTOR | @KEVINSTAMPER