What is Narrative?
Well, it's kind of hard to explain. Narrative is looking to bridge the gap between the church and the community. We are going to be doing small house churches led by house leaders. We are, in essence, stopping the mundane "going to church on Sunday and checking the box" cycle that our family has been in and being the church to our community EVERY day. We will be inviting friends to come into our home to gather in community and in that build relationships that share Jesus' love with them in a way that's more do-able for some people than "Hey, come to my church this Sunday."
I'm sure I'm not doing justice to explaining all that Narrative is... it's still a concept we are trying to grasp in figuring out how it's going to look for OUR family. But Bryan and I both feel like we needed something different. In Narrative you can't hide behind the church, you ARE the church. It's going to push us outside of our comfort zones, for sure, but I am excited and already loving the changes I've seen in us, our outlook, and in our boys. It's basically making EVERY where I go my mission field.
Right now Narrative is about 15 couples and their kids and is still in the planning stages so this weekend we went on a retreat with all of the families involved to plan and grow as a group. It was a great weekend. We left early on Saturday morning and drove to a retreat/camp about an hour away. There was hardly any cell services so it was great to just be unplugged and with our friends and family studying God's word. We took all the kids with us and two baby sitters, so the kids were with us some of the time and with the sitters while we were in the sessions.
We headed home Sunday afternoon and were all exhausted. My boys were in bed asleep by 6:30 and we fell asleep in the living room at 8:30. So that's what our weekend looked like. I hope you all had a super weekend too!