Josh Taylor is the founding pastor at MissioDei in Chicago, IL. Founded in 2008, MissioDei follows the city parish model with three congregations currently spread across the city (locations in Bucktown/Wicker Park, Logan Square and Wrigleyville) and plans to start two new congregations in 2014. Josh, an avid bike rider in what's quickly becoming one of the greenest cities in the United States, takes us around Chicago as he meets with leaders in his church.
My day starts with a four mile commute on my bike. I love riding through the city in the summer time. It gives me a chance to not only see our beautiful city neighborhood by neighborhood, but to feel a connectedness to her.
I arrive in Wrigleyville for the day ahead. God has provided us a beautiful facility in this strategic neighborhood that in many ways is the epicenter of the Northside. The people of God have been gathering here for over 100 years to seek the face of Jesus and to experience the power and presence of the Spirit. We are privileged to be a part of this story that God is writing in Chicago.
Every Tuesday morning in the summer, a small group gathers early in the day to pray over our neighborhood. Today we pray in faith for spiritual breakthrough in Lakeview. We also throw up a prayer for God to have mercy on our beloved Cubbies.
Our Congregational Huddle begins. We meet weekly as leaders to check in with one another, for peer coaching, and to pray over our neighborhoods. MissioDei currently has three congregations, but we are in the process of birthing two more in 2014. Meetings like this become increasingly important as we seek to have deep relational bonds with one another and the spirit of the Kingdom in our hearts.
I gather with these two Directional Elders for our weekly check-in at our favorite Thai restaurant. We go there so frequently they don't even ask for our orders anymore. We will chat about the church and the mission, and talk around what God is doing in our midst. These men are a real gift to me. I am grateful that I get to do ministry with such Godly men that I can call friends.
I have some quiet time to prepare for a talk I am giving on Sunday on the Psalms of Lament. We are in a four-week series at our church where we are talking about "Suffering".
I bike to the West Loop to meet with Duane Porter for dinner. Duane is exploring a possible calling on his life to plant a church on the south side of Chicago. His heart breaks for our city and particularly the neighborhoods that are being torn in two by extreme violence. We talk about disciple-making and the dreams God is giving him.
I head downtown to meet my wife, three kids, and a family friend for a movie in the park. The day has been long and I have biked close to 15 miles by the end of it, but this moment is deeply satisfying. As we huddle together on this cool summer evening, I am keenly aware of the grace of God that been poured down upon us. There is no other place I would rather be.