I Pastor a new church that has just completed its fourth year in the Thousand Oaks area called Lightshine. Our context is middle to upper middle class suburban. We are a small, missional church with a huge heart.
Our region has been on the front edge of the PCUSA with regard to starting new churches. For this, I am grateful and feel proud to be a part of such a community..To encourage our tribe to the next level, I would like to introduce the metaphor of a garden vs. a plant into our narrative.
Over the last 8 years I've been a pastor of some sort and now find myself as a church planter as well. Starting things gets me excited. Personally I love to see people and communities empowered to become their best and healthiest self.