Our church really has a funny name – Oak Tree Community Church. Occasionally people will ask about it, and there are several answers, but here is the one that describes it the best:
An oak tree:
- provides shelter for those who seek it
- provides stability for the surrounding community by sinking its roots deep to prevent erosion
- provides security for all of God’s creatures who call it home
- provides a supply of leaves and acorns to nourish those who depend on it
Just like it takes a long time for an acorn to become a mature oak tree, it takes a long time for a core group of people to become the church God intends them to be.
I think we’re well on our way for that to be a description of us, too.