The Toddler Phase: True Life Chronicles – Part 8 (Chris Francis, based off a joke by Rigo & Mandy Mercado)
The apostle Paul likened the church to a human body (1 Corinthians 12), and as such the church is a living organism. It’s not just an organization, it’s not just a gathering, it’s a living organism that is given life by Jesus Christ.
Well, last night week Rigo and Mandy Mercado made some jokes about our church being in its toddler years, and they were pretty insightful jokes.
Let’s go back to the beginning.
In the spring of 2012, Relevant Church became “pregnant” with another church plant. A group of us began to form, meet, plan, pray, and raise money together. Relevant Church supported us in many ways, nurturing us while we were in the womb. We were all excited about what was to come in the life of this church that didn’t even have a name yet.
Then 10 months later we were “born” – having our official launch on March 2, 2013.
For the first year it was really exciting as we explored the world as a new baby church. We were excited to get to know each other, excited about every new person who walked through through the door, excited about every new thing we tried.
Well, it’s been almost a year-and-a-half, and now we’re in the toddler phase.
And what do toddlers do? They learn to crawl, talk, walk, share, throw tantrums, and learn to use the potty.
Rigo & Mandy & I were talking about the structures of our church and how they need to change as our church grows, but it’s sometimes hard to figure out how or when that needs to happen. And that’s when they made the insightful jokes about how we’re toddlers and it’s gonna’ be awkward.
It’s still exciting as we try new things, but now we’re getting more bumps and bruises and stumbling around as we grow. And that’s okay.
I love the phase that my 2-year old daughter Kayla is in. The occasional tantrums and pee-pee in the pants don’t bother me too much because I know it’s part of the package.
Well, I want to enjoy this bumbling and stumbling phase of our young church, too.
And remembering what toddlers do helps me do that.