Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Let the Mistakes Begin!
I thought I would start sharing my thoughts and personal experiences as I go about starting a local Messianic fellowship. I have absolutely no idea what I'm doing but perhaps it will be helpful for some of you just to hear my thought processes, the issues involved, and, last but not least, all the mistakes I've been making and will be making in the coming weeks and months.
I found out this week that the local church we visit is not going to let me use the facilities for a Messianic fellowship group. When I first got turned down, I felt angry. Then I thought, maybe G-d doesn't want it to be that easy...and maybe it will benefit people to see me make every mistake in the book.
To have a Messianic fellowship, you need to have a meeting facility that you can reserve on a regular and reliable basis. But the libraries around here don't let you do that (and I don't know any pastors who would let me use their church facilities). This is a problem because I need to be able to advertise a regular meeting time (which will probably involve putting flyers up in libraries and grocery stores).
I was thinking that a great intermediate step might be to create a local Facebook group for people who are interested in joining a Messianic Fellowship Group. So this is my homework for the week. I'm not a big Facebook user. But this week I'm going to create a Facebook page. That's step 1.
Step 2 will involve advertising for this Facebook group.
I don't have Step 3 yet. But if enough people join the Facebook group then I can reserve a conference room at a local library and send out a group notification.
All input is welcome. If you have any helpful suggestions, please share! I'm new at this! : )
Posted by Peter at 2:20 PM