The Dream You Can’t Get out of Your Head

My friend and fellow Permissionary at Ministry Incubators, Kenda Dean, asks, “Does the church have to be the place where great ideas go to die?”

Most people have at least one.

  • An idea.
  • A dream to change the world.
  • A brainchild to make the world “more awesome” (thanks Kid President).

But the vast majority of great ideas stay stuck in the heads of their dreamers.

You have had that experience, haven’t you?  You come across something in the store or on an infomercial, and you say, “That was MY idea!”  But it was an idea that never got out of your head into the world.

That’s why we created the Hatchathon experience.  You gather with dreamers like you who share one thing in common—an missional entrepreneurial dream, an idea that links a “change the world” mission to a sustainable revenue stream.

One of our clients is a food truck sponsored as a young adult mission of a local church.  Another is a “farminary,” essentially a seminary (you guessed it) on a farm.

You may have a dream of a coffee shop as a church, a film company that employs the homeless, or a side business to support a ministry or mission you love.

These are the kinds of ideas we’ve seen in our previous Hatchathons.  Our next one is scheduled for just 2 months from now, March 4-6 on the campus of Princeton Seminary.

To register, click here.  For more information, click here.

Why They Can’t Wait

30 years or so ago, I remember reading Martin Luther King’s tiny book, Why We Can’t Wait.  And it changed the way I think about change.

While some profound changes can be almost imperceptible (think frog in the kettle).  But for some opportunities, we simply cannot wait another decade (or century!) before acting.

When it comes to young adult ministry in the church, we don’t have time to let things sort their way out.

How many times have we heard the staggering news that the “nones” have become the fastest growing religious movement for young adults in our time?

And do we respond?

We say, “Now THAT’S a problem!” And then we waddle out of the church to business as usual in the church (Thanks to Soren for his unforgettable ducks-in-worship parable).

The old way—waiting until young adults are forty before they have earned the right to serve or make an impact on the direction of the church—those days are gone.

These are young adults who will make an impact, and they will do it with or without the church.