WE GROW TOGETHER
by Rebecca Burtram
We need to let people into our lives because shared experience is a mathematical phenomenon: the weight of grief is divided and the celebration of joy is multiplied. Life was meant to be lived together.
Church planting is a unique adventure, and our stories are hard for people outside of the church planting world to fully comprehend.
Our garages and living rooms have served as staging grounds and storage spaces. Most of us have had one room of the house function as the church office at some point, and, if you are like me, there just might be a 23-foot trailer parked in your driveway.
Church planting is part of our everyday lives. The distinction between the church and the home is often blurred. Church isn’t an event or a building. It is all of who we are, reaching out to connect others and draw them to Christ.
This lifestyle is draining, difficult, exciting, faith stretching, full of victories and defeats, and exactly what God has called us to live.
The great news is God has given us other women who understand the journey.
This blog is a space for us to be real with each other about the joys and the struggles of church planting. We all understand what is like to try to keep a routine for our children, connect with our husbands on topics that are not centered around the church, crunch the budget numbers again and again, and to see God show up in miraculous and amazing ways.
We don’t have to hide our struggles or downplay the victories. We can be honest about this journey and grow through our shared humanity.
We need each other.
We are not Facebook posts, selfies, or photoshopped images. We are human- flawed, broken, and beautiful. We come closer to being whole when we are with other flawed, broken, and beautiful humans.
We become most whole when we worship God with all of our lives in an authentic community. Jesus was fully God and fully man. We must seek to connect to God and to humanity. The two are meant to be done together.
Let's be human together. It is in the sharing we will find ourselves drawn closer to the nature of God, and we just might find some normalcy in the middle of our extraordinary church planting journeys.
Church planting wives from all over have committed to share their journeys, and we are hoping you will do the same. Use the contact information from my bio if you would like to share from your experiences.
I look forward to growing with you all.
Rebecca and her husband, Jonathan, are church planting pastors at Redemption Church in Charlottesville, VA (launching Easter 2016). Jonathan and Rebecca Burtram have been married for 13 years, and they are the parents of three children, ages 12, 10, and 8.
Rebecca graduated with top honors from Evangel University with a BA in Spanish Education and English. She also holds an English MA from the State University of New York at Cortland. Presently, she teaches Spanish at Albemarle High School, but her dream is to make writing and speaking her full time career. She blogs at rebeccaburtram.com and writes a weekly post for tworiversblog.com.
If you would like to write for the CMN Wives' Blog, contact Rebecca at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are always looking for new contributors.