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If you’re a speaker, you’ve probably listened to yourself or watched yourself give a talk.
If you’re a singer, you’ve probably listened to a recording or watched a video of yourself sing.
If you’re a model (and we all are), then you’ve evaluated a picture of yourself.

This is a humbling and embarrassing practice.

Audio. Video. Photo.

These are all mediums that capture the essence of a moment or a few moments strung together. They seem to freeze-frame the feeling or message of that moment. The hope we all have in recording so much of our lives into these, mostly digital, formats is to somehow be able to relive them and let others in on the secret of that environment.

While there’s nothing real profound here in this little video, I wanted people to get to know me a little, in a simple way. So here are a few things about myself. This video was created mostly for people who are a part of, or investigating the possibility of becoming a part of, Two Cities Church. I hope you enjoy this somewhat embarrassing video of myself.

Imagine this.

You’re a church planter.
You take risks.
You believe that things will work out when you take those risks.
You run into issues from time-to-time that require quick thinking and fast action.
Your RightPath profile says you’re a DRIVER, which means you’ll get it done.

Now, imagine what you would do in this scenario…

It’s 8:45am on Sunday November 17.
Today is the day of the church plants second service, ever.
You drive up to the security gate, an arm activated by a key card (fob-esque).
You run your key card over the sensor.
Nothing happens.
You do it again.
The guy behind you in his truck is waiting because he’s volunteered to tow your 26′ trailer to the location of the portable church.
This is the first time you’ve ever met the man.
He’s a brother-in-law of someone who helped for the first service.

You repeatedly try to scan your card, but nothing.

You inform your wife, sitting in the passenger seat, and the man behind you that you’re going to try the uHaul next door. Maybe they can get into the lot through a pad-locked gate.

No, that’s doesn’t work.
Maybe this man on the street who has a boat in the lot can get in with his card? No.

The storage lot is owned by a local glass shop. They’re closed on Sundays. In fact they don’t usually grant Sunday access, but they are friendly to churches and you got special permission and a special remote for the outer gate.

Your wife looks at you as you examine the gate and start analyzing how you’re going to break in.
She says, “So, what are you going to do?” The pressure is on.

You remember that the man who helped you when you first rented the space used to drive a trailer for another church in town called The Quest… You pull out your phone and you have the pastor’s cell phone in your contacts. But it’s Sunday morning, what pastor is going to answer a call on Sunday morning?

You call. He answers. He sounds confused. You haven’t spoken in months, but had a mutual contact connect the two of you previously that year.

You say, “Hey, It’s Micah from Two Cities Church. How you doing?”
He answers, “Fine?”
“I have a very strange question for you…” As you unpack what’s happened, he agrees to track down the guy who helped you. Turns out, he’s one of the owners. The owner calls your cell phone and meets you there. He unscrews a few bolts and you pull out at the arm.

The owner helps you break in and get your trailer. By the time you return the trailer, the gate has been fixed and improved.

Imagine your stress.
What would you have done?

Imagine if my wife’s uncle hadn’t put me in contact with a man, who would connect me with that Pastor, who months later would be such a key player in tracking down the owner, who loves the church and wanted to help us? Imagine.

It’s all orchestrated by God and it’s amazing how the churches and Christians in our Two Cities can work together to accomplish big things. Now that’s the body of Christ at work. Loving each other. Helping each other. In the moment it felt like a fiasco, but at the rear-view-mirror… it feels like God saying, “Keep trusting me.”

Church planters are confronted with issues every week, sometimes daily. There is no easy way to plant a church, but it’s always worth it. Check back on this blog Saturday to see why it’s worth it.

Last night at our Launch Group we asked the question, “What would it be like for you to cross the dessert just to tell someone some great news?”

Several people shared about how being involved in a church plant is a dessert for them, because they left stability for uncertainty. One of our younger guys spoke up and said:

Before you moved back, I barely went to church and when I did it was when my parents were singing in the choir. I went to show them my support. But I didn’t want to go. Then I found out you moved back and started Two Cities. Then you texted me. I came to launch group and now I’m really excited to be here. Thank you for moving back and starting Two Cities.

I needed that. My response was:

Don’t make me cry man.

What we’re doing, even though it can be very difficult, Is Worth It.

Want to be a part of something like that? Let’s talk.
Come to a our next Launch Group.

It’s Worth It. Part 1
It’s Worth it. Part 2

big announcement.

May 6, 2012 — 16 Comments

Three and half years ago Erica and I moved to Santa Rosa, Ca with our little dog Cooper. We moved for a few reasons.

A picture we took while visiting San Francisco 6 months before we moved to Santa Rosa, Ca.

I was coming out of a difficult situation and wounded.

We knew we needed to get out of town [Fresno/Clovis] to rebuild.
I knew I needed to learn from someone [Andy] who was working in the North Point model.
We knew that one day we would plant a church.
We did not know where.
We did not know how long we would be at New Vintage Church.
We said, “We’ll give it two years.”
Three and half years later we’re making the jump.
We’ve seen incredible moments of life-change.
We’ve been inspired by the stories of people like Chloe, Dennis, Heather, Donna, Jessica, Laura, and Jerry (to name a few).
But the story to put us over the edge was Lori.

We are so grateful to being a part of a place like New Vintage, where people like Lori can come from a completely Atheist background, walk in our doors, find a relationship with Jesus and be completely changed by the power of the Holy Spirit.
It’s incredible.
But when we watched her baptism video, all we could think of were the people in Fresno/Clovis that we love.
And the question sparked in our minds… “Who is reaching the people we love in our hometown?”

Isaiah 6:8
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us? ” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

I’ve heard it said that you plant a church “because you love people.”
Every time I’ve heard that, I’ve thought, “How can you love all people, unless your God?”
But now I understand that statement. It’s not just a general category of “people.”
It’s PEOPLE… as in specific NAMES.
And that’s why we’re planting Two Cities Church. [Facebook / Twitter]

So, Erica, Josiah, Baby Foster and myself are moving back to our hometown.
I realize there are probably tons of questions and I’ll be blogging about this adventure frequently.
Ask away.

P.S. Here’s a little post about when we moved to NVC and why.