I actually enjoy writing. I promise I really do. But I’m horrible about writing ministry updates to keep everyone up to date with what’s going on.
So here’s a brief overview of what’s been happening:
Keller Chloe is here!
On April 13th, we finally welcomed our very overdue daughter, Keller Chloe, to the world. So far I can say that having a two month old baby girl is really no different than having a two month old baby boy. However, I’m told this will change as she grows older. Having two sons and two brothers, and no sisters, I’m at a loss as to how this will be different, but I know it will be. People keep telling me I’m going to be ruined in a good way!
Our City Group is Going Great.
As I indicated in my last update (the one from several months ago), at the beginning of the year Magen and I helped launch a new City Group on the West side of town. I can honestly say this has been one of the most rewarding community group / small group / missional community (whatever you want to call them) experiences that we’ve ever had. We love our Fisk / Meharry City Group. And we do truly feel like they’re family. For the past several months we’ve been getting to know one another and learning how to better speak the gospel into one another’s lives. We’ve also been trying to be faithful missionaries to each other and those around us.
A couple highlights have been:
Our 4th Annual Neighborhood Party. We had about 100 folks show up this time to hang out with us and celebrate our community. We met lots of new friends (in fact I would say compared to the other parties we’ve hosted, this one was the most effective for really getting to talk, hang out, and get to know our neighbors). We plan to throw another party at the end of Summer as well.
Mission Week. This past week we had a student ministry up from Northern Alabama to help us minister to our neighborhood. Every day we hosted and Backyard Bible club in the empty lot next to our house. We played games, drank tons of Kool Aid (over 10 gallons in 4 days), and went through The Story of God for Kids. The neighborhood kids were receptive to the stories and had lots of questions about God, sin, and the purpose of life. We feel that many seeds were sown. We also got the chance to clean up alleys and pick up trash around the neighborhood each day.
Resonate Residency is Full Steam Ahead.
About a month ago, I built a website for our new residency program for church planters at Resonate. The website exists as a sort of front door to advertise and explain the residency process. Shane and I are currently talking to a couple different guys who are interested in planting churches and potentially becoming part of the Resonate Residency Program during 2014 / 2015. If you know someone who is interested in planting a church, tell them to check out ResonateResidency.com or contact me for more information.
There’s so much more I could say.
- Magen and I are doing great and figuring out the challenges of raising three kids who are 3 or under.
- I’m working several different jobs, but have a lot of freedom to rearrange them as need be for ministry.
- Thank you to everyone who has sent graphic design / web design work my way. I’m swamped! (and that’s a good thing!)
- We absolutely love Resonate Church and are glad God led us to be a part of such a fantastic family.
- I feel extremely blessed to have Shane England as a pastor. He is truly one of my best friends and a brother in arms.
- I’ll be spending the coming week in Clarksville, TN as part of Tennessee Super Summer and helping teach and lead kids who are sensing a call to vocational ministry.
- I could keep going, but I’ll stop for now and try to update more often.
Thank you all so much for your financial and prayer support. Becoming a family of 5 has increased our weekly needs and we couldn’t make it without you. If you aren’t supporting us financially, but are interested, please go to http://www.resonatemadison.org/#/give/support-the-adkisons. All donations go to support our ministry at Resonate Church in Nashville, TN and are tax deductible.
Till next time!