I recently read an intriguing book called Poke the Box by Seth Godin. If you’re unfamiliar with it, it’s a book about initiating, innovating, starting, successful failure—and seeing what happens if you begin something new. At North Point our vision is to create churches that unchurched people love to attend. That means creating a space for those who are disconnected, marginalized by, or simply don’t usually like church. Having found relative success in this venture over the years, we’ve begun to turn our attention to a new generation of disconnected and marginalized people in our community. What might it look like to create this sort of space for those people? What might happen if we pursued the future of the church?
Last summer we began asking that question, first to small numbers of people over dinner, then to dozens in prayer and worship, and finally to more than a hundred by the fireside. Last Sunday, several hundred gathered as we began the adventure together to “poke the system” and see what would happen if we redefined the church experience for the disconnected and marginalized in our community.
Over the coming months, we invite you to come “poke the box” with us. We won’t always get it right. But together we’ll poke the box enough to figure out what works and what might need to be adjusted and redefined. We invite you to join us on that journey. Oh, and you don’t have to change anything to come. Just, come as you are...
- Adam Boyle