It is hard to believe but it has been just over one year since we launched the Back to Eden Group website and published our first blog – Why Back to Eden? As with any new entrepreneurial endeavour, where you end up is not always exactly where you thought you were going but somehow you get to a place so much more rewarding than you originally envisioned. Almost sounds like something Winnie the Pooh or Frodo Baggins would say, doesn’t it?
For regular participants in our online chats and discussions, readers of our blogs and visitors to our electronic community, it seems to be the right time to reflect on what we all have become and more importantly re-affirm our vision for what could be in our future. We offer the following observations, not to puff our chests with pride but rather to provide encouragement to all involved that we are becoming something much different from what we have all experienced in the past. For those of you who are new to us, we’ve provide some links to help you more easily explore what we are about.
In the first two weeks of March, 2014 we:
- connected with 241 different visitors
– from 44 different countries and 177 cities
- sent out our 45th and 46th blog
– to 35 subscribers (or followers)
- received our 281st comment
– from our 30th unique commenter
- held our 6th online chat (twice per month)
– with 8 participants
- expanded our S.E.E. coaching/mentoring program
– to our 6th person
- booked our 5th face to face gathering or get-together
– in Colorado of all places.
Those of you who have a keen sense of observation will notice a pattern in this list. As you move downward you will notice a closer connection and increasing level of personal relationship. In other words, there are multiple ways to connect with us and each other, with varying levels of intimacy, depending on your comfort level. Overall, the result is a growing community of called out ones. A New Ekklesia.
While this is certainly a wonderful thing, it is also important that we measure ourselves to see how we are doing in comparison to our original vision. In our very first blog in 2013 we made the following statement:
In a world where the boundaries of secular and sacred are increasingly blurred, our simple test is “Is your life/business/group/church/organization in better shape after interacting with us?” We approach this as followers of Jesus of Nazareth while not necessarily adopting the traditional structures of institutional Christianity.
So now it is time to ask you, has reading and/or commenting on our blogs, joining in our chats or participating in our S.E.E. program made a positive impact in your life? We can say for certain that we have not adopted a traditional structure of institutional Christianity but is your life, family or whatever group (e.g. business, church, organization) in better shape after interacting with us? We’d like to hear from you on this by commenting on this blog or via email through Contact Us.
Finally, one other challenge to all reading this blog. While we would be the last ones to insist that you attend an institutional church, community is not optional for Jesus followers. Therefore, we challenge you to take one step closer toward the growing Back to Eden Group community. If you a random reader of B2E Group blogs, take the step to subscribe to receive email notification of each new blog we post. If you are already a subscriber, take the step to comment on this or any other blog posted to our site. Maybe you are already a regular commenter. Consider taking the next step and ask us how to get involved in B2E Group Chat. If you are a regular chat participant, find your way to one of our face to face meetings. Come in a bit closer. God is knitting together something new and this is your opportunity to be part of a 21st Century Reformation – a New Ekklesia.