Denver or bust

Good, you came back!

In case the association of the Barleys + Denver is totally new to you I will go ahead and brief you-basically Bryan and I have felt called to plant a church in the great Mile High City. We continue to be amazed at the team the Lord is bringing together, the details that continue to be hammered out, and our growth of excitement for being in Denver. We not only plan to plant a church there but we anticipate planting our lives there.

Bryan, Andy and myself flew out to Denver back in January. We had an amazing trip that made us feel as if we were continuing to be pushed in that direction. Surely you read about that trip here. But obviously, our heart for Denver started long before our little 3 day trip.

Ever since coming to seminary, Bryan has tossed out lots (and lots) of ideas of places or things he felt the Lord was calling us to do for the rest of our lives after he graduated from SEBTS. These thoughts and ideas ranged from going to an established church and being hired as an associate pastor, to going overseas to do missions for a few years before coming back to an established church, to doing PhD work overseas, to planting a church overseas or domestically,  to doing PhD work here in the States, to doing PhD work at a university with the hopes of teaching in a university setting permanently, and lots others. I am sure I have missed a passing thought somewhere in there. So, I think you can see that we were really pretty open to doing anything. Amazingly, I was OK through all these ideas although I felt like Bryan had a new idea each week or so. Looking back I now realize that Bryan was so excited about all the options but never felt secure in any of them.

We attended the 20/20 Conference here at SEBTS and had the pleasure of sitting under some many wise leaders of the faith. Mark Driscoll spoke on what the Church should look like in culture. From this we learned that the church should be a CITY WITHIN the CITY. He spoke on how the church does real things (we have jobs, we have spouses, we have friends, we date) but we just do it differently-we center all those things around Jesus. This sermon confirmed a small desire we had in us at the time to plant a church.

We knew we wanted to be in a large city (Driscoll gave some great reasoning for this as well) we just did not know where. The cities also had a great variety to them as well-Boston, Seattle, Baltimore, Philadelphia. After some good ol googling, we felt that Denver continued to be a place of interest to us. We were able to steal a good price on flights and that’s how we ended up there for a few days. God did not exactly write a big “Yes! This is the place!” in the Rocky Mountains or anything like that for us to know for sure but we do feel that God has continued to push us in that direction. There has not been anything that has held us back or any feelings of maybe this isn’t where God wants us to plant our lives.

We now have an amazing team on our side with Denver on each of their hearts-Bryan, myself, Andy Metztger, Alex and Kristel Acevedo, Drew Witt, Jenni and Ayla Hennenman. Bryan and I are just crazy about our team. Most of them blog and you can find their links over on the side.

Thanks for sticking through and reading this. Now I ask one more thing of you. If you are at all interested in joining us on this great adventure through email updates we plan to put out then please comment on this post. We plan on getting a newsletter out in the near future and would love for YOU to be a part of our team through just being aware of what God is doing. We also need and would love your support through prayer. We humbly recognize that prayer is a vital part of moving in the Lord’s favor.

Now I’ve got to leave you with another cliffhanger of WHY DENVER??? I have lots to say regarding just a few of the reasons why. Please come back this weekend and I just may let you in on the secret of why.


6 Responses to “Denver or bust”

  1. 1 Kristel October 17, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    I am so excited!!! 🙂

  2. 2 Tara Dew October 18, 2009 at 1:18 am

    We are so excited for you and Bryan! I actually received an email from Jenni the other day and am so excited that she is going with you. It appears that God has raised up quite a team to go to Denver. I gave my information to her, but please do add me to your prayer newsletter list. I’m so excited for you and will pray God’s blessings, wisdom, and direction on your journey!

  3. 3 Mandy Hall October 19, 2009 at 12:15 am

    I would email updates Megan! for now but will change I think to ( I got a job!)

  4. 4 Andy Metzger October 21, 2009 at 3:15 am

    great post, megan! except for the fact that you can’t spell my name. sheesh, what a friend…

    • 5 mbarley October 22, 2009 at 3:13 am

      thanks for being interested! God has totally brought together an amazing team! and I get to be a part of it! : ) praying for you and the two little ones on the way!
      i would love to add you to the list! and i will definitely use your professional one! Love you Math Mandy!
      Metzger. that is all.

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