Somewhere in Eugene, Oregon ten people with the most exhausted hearts are celebrating the launch of their new church. On September 25th they launched Resonate Church's fifth collegiate plant near the University of Oregon.
Resonate is a multi-site organization that connects the truth of the Bible with people, those people with community, and that community with opportunities to live said truth.
Their UO site isn't the first church to launch, but it's a long shot from their last, too.
Celebrating this launch is such a big deal because everyone, especially the ten who launched in Eugene, realize they've given up a lot for so much more. They're caught in the momentum of church planting across the Pacific Northwest. They're caught up pursuing something they believe is greater than themselves.
I'm writing this blog post kind of factually. But I have so many emotions rattling inside of me, I could easily have it all over the place.
I give this post structure because it's the safest way to talk about something as awesome as Resonate UO. But last time I wrote about a Resonate plant it took me half a week and made me sick.
You see, Resonate has been populating the PNW with strong and godly community for the last nine years. I didn't get involved until 3 years ago at their headquarters in Pullman, Washington. They were only located in two cities with three services. That was the foundation built from Resonate's beginnings.
Then they planted a church in Ellensburg, Washington after that first year I was involved. A handful of my friends left with it. It was hard to say goodbye. I had to hear our leaders talk about the necessity of "Gospel Goodbyes," people leaving on behalf of the church to do something greater than they can with you, for it to become a little easier to let go.
A year later they planted a church in Cheney, Washington. It was a little closer to home and I didn't know the people as well. So I was taught how to be excited and celebrate and applaud the willingness of others working in the church without hurting from goodbyes.
I didn't write about the second one because the first one took so much out of me. And I figured I'd wait until I actually recognized growth before I'd talk about another plant.
Our plant in Eugene has helped me reach that point now, because Ellensburg taught me how to to say goodbye. Cheney taught me how to celebrate. And now our work for the community at UO is teaching me how to move with mountains.
Moving with mountains required so much of both goodbyes and celebration.
Resonate is artfully and tactfully, with the guidance of scripture and godly counsel, developing a means of corporately spreading their resources across the nation without diminishing the power of the body of Christ.
That language is a little churchy, I know, but there isn't a more simple way to put it. They're doing some dangerous but blessed church work.
Resonate UO needs to say goodbye because their one of the platforms of the bridge to widespread collegiate salvation that is Resonate's 21x21 plan.
By the year 2021 Resonate will have 21 collegiate sites planted. With a long explanation the numbers make sense. But all we need to know in short is that the momentum our church is riding has the strength, the blessings, and the power to pull it off.
Ellensburg launched a dream. Cheney confirmed it was a mission. And Eugene is taking it to a place only God knows the direction.
For Resonate and our communities, this is exciting stuff.
I can't help but write about it. I can't help but miss my friends now worshiping in Eugene, and celebrate relentlessly their victories in this movement.