As I write this, it’s Tuesday, and I’m spending my Tuesday in my favourite coffee shop (which I’ve lovingly dubbed “my office”), working through some long-term planning and goal-setting, along with my (decaf) coffee and chocolate chip cookie. And, on a little “brain break” from my real work today, I came across a great quote from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
I’ll be honest, I don’t often turn to Mark Zuckerberg for church-planting inspiration. But…maybe I should. After all, he took a little seed of an idea and turned it into not only a multi-billion-dollar company, but also a world-changing technology. For all the criticisms you could level at Facebook (and perhaps rightly so), it’s become a major means of communication and connection for people all over the world. It’s my main ways of keeping up with friends and family who live far away. I overshare cute pictures of my daughter there, because that way my parents and my siblings and my long-distance friends might get some sense of who she is, even though they’re far away. Facebook Messenger has become a go-to texting service to get in touch with my friends locally.
So, on the tenth anniversary of Facebook, which was in 2014, Mark Zuckerberg wrote a reflection on what those ten years had meant to him. In that reflection, Zuckerberg said this:
“When I reflect on the last 10 years, one question I ask myself is: why were we the ones to build this? We were just students. We had way fewer resources than big companies. If they had focused on this problem, they could have done it.
The only answer I can think of is: we just cared more.”
We just cared more.
As I spend my day doing lots of strategic planning and dreaming and praying, I keep returning to this large question of, “Who will we be at Ecclesia?”
Another way to ask this question, I suppose, is “What does Ecclesia care about the most?”
What do I care about the most?
We have a core team of seven people. We’re just regular people, trying to listen to God’s voice and follow where He calls. We have very few resources. Perhaps, on paper, other churches would be more equipped to touch lives and transform our neighbourhood than seven people with no money.
But - boy - we care.
We care about our neighbours in North Oshawa experiencing the love and grace and community that we experience in Jesus every day. We care about speaking hope into difficult places.
We care about being a church that gathers and scatters. About not being a community that only “does church” on Saturday evenings in our worship gatherings, but also intentionally lives out our faith every day of the week - together, and as individuals. We care about being a church that share’s God’s love with others where we live, work, study, and play - with the people “right under our nose.”
So sure, we’re small, and our resources are few. Other churches might have more money or more people or more space or more history. But God has given us a beautiful vision for our neighbourhood in North Oshawa - and we love it. We care.
And we’re so excited to see what’s next.