Thursday, June 18, 2009

What's in a name?

Several people have come up to us asking about this mysterious "Third Space." What is that name all about? What is a Third Space? To answer that question we must first look to the source of truth on the internet: Wikipedia (notice the small 't' in truth). Wikipedia defines a third space as:
"A term used in the concept of community building to refer to social surroundings separate from the two usual social environments of home and the workplace."

That is a pretty straight forward definition; now to put a St. Mark's Spin on it. We want to create a "Third Space" for young adults. A place where singles, marrieds, marrieds with kids etc... from the ages of 20-30s can come to hang out with other like minded Christ centered young adults. We want to provide a place that is separate from your home and work where lasting friendships will form and discipleship will take place.
Jason and Colleen Houck and I were interviewed by Jarm Turner the other night about this new ministry, and one very critical question was raised, "It is said that whoever wins the battle for the Third Spaces of a generation has the influence to form the culture or ethos of that generation. Why do you think it is important that the church fights for that influence? What is at stake here?" This question really stuck with me. Think about your time, think about your third space. Is it a small group ministry? Is it on the sidelines of soccer games, bars, coffee shops, or a second job? How do these things affect your mindset: how you think, what you do? Have you ever thought about it?

For more information about the Third Space and how you can get involved come to our Eat-N-Meets on June 21 and June 28th at noon at the Burlington Campus! We are going to be going over leadership roles, introducing the team and asking for helpers to get this ministry started! See you there!

But encourage one another daily as long as it is called today so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness. Hebrews 3:13

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