“Move” is a 6-week church journey, where we will explore what it means to step into the story that God is calling us to as a church through prayer, listening, dialogue and commitment. As we “Move” together, we will explore what it means to actively participate in changing our neighborhood, city and world by sacrificing ourselves for key missional projects.
How MOVE works:
For six weeks, starting the first weekend in October, we will be talking about how every movement starts somewhere. It can start with a stir in your gut, an inner-wrestling with the status quo or a simple hunger for something new. But no Movement gets off the ground unless an individual or a small group of people believes that change is possible and then sacrifices themselves to see that change or movement start.
Three parts of MOVE:
- Attend the weekend service: This will be the starting point for the conversations and individual work that will take place throughout the week. If you miss this, you will miss a lot. We are encouraging everyone to make attending the weekend service a priority for these six weeks.
- Community Group: Groups are the center of the journey and we are asking that every person (every person) make the commitment to be in a group for 6 weeks. This is where the real work and transformation happens. JOIN A GROUP NOW!
- Guide: Everyone will be given a guide that will help participants navigate through the journey. This will include exercises specifically designed to help you and your families and groups wrestle with what it looks like to MOVE.
Ballard Church is strategically located in the heart of a growing community of thousands of young parents just starting their families. Only about 30% of those families identify as having any affiliation with a religious community. Therefore, if we want to be a church that takes seriously the call to engage and serve our immediate neighbors and community, we must think differently. By completely redesigning and enhancing Funland and making it regularly accessible to families and children in the Ballard area we can become a fun, welcoming and accessible community gathering space for a significant amount of people in our neighborhood.
As we serve parents and children in our immediate neighborhood we also feel called to remember those in our city who unfortunately find themselves on the margins and struggling to obtain some of the most basic resources. As a church we declare that it is NOT OK for children in our city to go without food, without a home and with limited access to early education and care. Therefore, in partnership with UGM we will be developing, and funding a unique and ongoing program of therapeutic play and educational services to serve children experiencing homelessness.
Burundi is one of the most impoverished and malnourished countries in the world; almost 60% of children under the age of 5 suffer from chronic malnutrition, and starvation remains one of the country’s most pressing issues. By partnering with International Childcare Ministries and supporting the Burundi Food Fund, we will be able to supply more than 200,000 meals, which is nearly 20% of the program’s annual meal distribution. ICCM in Burundi serves approximately 13,000 Burundi children a year. Learn more about International Childcare Ministries.
For us to become a compelling presence in this community and to make a lasting impact, we must look beyond years 3 and 4 and start thinking about who we want to become in years 5, 10, 15 and 20. As our church “Moves” on our mission to reach this community, we will be provided with countless opportunities to engage. However, most of these opportunities come with real costs. The Move Fund is a reserve fund that will allow us to move on future missional opportunities, develop our key ministries and support the growing infrastructure of the church.
For more about the MOVE contact Rob.