Something Happened Last Night

I sat in a living room last night in East Austin dreaming, praying, discussing, and planning with a group of men I never would have known just a handful of years ago. Through networking initiatives like the Austin PlantR Network (www.plantr.org), a handful of lunches, meetings, emails, and phone calls, we each found ourselves looking at each other and asking the question, “What if”?

So there we were: Two white dudes, three latinos, an african-american, a native-american, and an asian-american… all pastors, all feeling called to be a part of a collective spiritual and social renewal effort in the amazing city of Austin. Some are reformed, some wesleyan, some from the holiness tradition, and honestly some have spiritual journeys I’m still trying to figure out. One of us (who will remain unnamed) preaches in flip-flops, another wears a robe. There is much we do differently, but have at least one thing in common: the belief that it’s time to look past our secondary theological disagreements and not just “say” it won’t divide… but actually take major steps towards partnering together to reach a city that needs hope more than we need to be right.

It was very encouraging. The Spirit was overwhelming. And while it ended up being a four-hour meeting, I left refreshed. Something just seemed right. While part of me wishes I could fast forward five years and see what happens, I have a feeling that the joy will be in the journey of simply “what’s next”.

To be continued.

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About Brandon Hatmaker

Church Planter, Missional Strategist, Non-Profit Collaborator, and Author of "Barefoot Church: Serving the Least in a Consumer Culture". View all posts by Brandon Hatmaker

8 responses to “Something Happened Last Night

  • Anonymous

    So perfectly put. God is such a faithful God if we just listen to Him.
    Thank you for listening and having such a passionate desire to serve the people of Austin.

  • kevin tracy

    Exciting following your journey. Thanks.

  • Holly

    ah, the journey will be so sweet!

  • Bryan Dellinger

    I share that same vision…Parker Palmer writes in his book, A Hidden Wholeness, "You can't give what you don't possess." I realized after some soul searching that we do give what we do possess; purposely or otherwise. The church has become this commodity in the capitalistic system of institutions & lost its authentic voice in the world. The voice of Christ…saying " My Love must be the motivation behind the methods we use." You know as well as I do…that is often not the case. Anywhoo…your email struck a cord in me that has been brewing for years & I am spewing this same truth to all I know. The time is now. So…know that my prayers are with you in this effort…& I am crazy enough to believe that "Greater things are yet to come, greater things are still to be done in this city. (Chris Tomlin song). Press on Bro'!

  • Matthew Hansen

    I hate that I missed that…I just got excited reading the blog, but to have been there…WoW…

  • Trace

    Something big is brewing indeed. This is what people need, I have no doubt of it. And I speak from experience!

  • Brandon Hatmaker

    Thanks for your prayers Bryan. Thanks for your encouragement everyone else!

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