“I’ve been in a two-year discipleship program in my church. As we were about to start year three, I thought, isn’t it time I discipled others?” said Joe Yi to me in late November.
God's Call to Action
Joe was part of a Bible study I led at the Atlanta Technology Development Center a few years ago, and eventually he very ably led it himself.
He said God called him to work with me on starting a Bible study at the Atlanta Tech Village.
“Really?” I asked.
He said, “Will you meet with me so we can discuss it? I’ll meet you at the ATV. How about next Monday?”
Then I approached Kevin Sandlin who is the founder of the popular Pitch Practice community at ATV. He said, “I’d be happy to join you and Joe in a study at the ATV.”
God Moves, Even if I’m Not
I still didn’t do anything with these two guys except talk. As they say…talk is cheap.
Last week, Kevin sent me an email that said, “Please meet John Duisberg, believer and co-founder of a startup and long time ATV member. We had lunch today because he reached out to me about starting a weekly ministry at ATV.”
“This is unbelievable!” I said to myself.
Finally this week I received an email from an old friend, lawyer and successful entrepreneur, Wayt King.
He commented on my blog post and finished his email by saying, “Also, do you have Tuesday Bible studies up at ATV or elsewhere on the north side of town?”
Next: Date, Time, and Room
We talked by phone, and he said he wanted me to start a Bible study at ATV. He will help any way he can.
“What’s the next step?” he asked.
I said, “Set a date and time, and get a room reserved. Once this is decided, each of you will start inviting people.”
“OK. What’s the date we start this thing at ATV?” he immediately asked.
I gave him a date which I thought would work. He told me it is on his calendar. He is ready to get started.
We Serve an Awesome God!
This is how God works in calling people into marketplace ministry. They hear from Him and jump into action. They start reaching people like me who help them get started.
I’m confident through the able leadership of these four men (Joe Yi, Kevin Sandlin, John Duisberg and Wayt King), God will populate this study with people he wants to hear his Word.
I love the ATV culture. If you want to do something which will feed community, David Lightburn and his staff are all for it. In fact, they will jump in and help. Even for a Bible study.
Thanks to David and Karen Houghton for your leadership and for trusting me with your community.
You Are Invited
The new study will begin on Thursday, February 2 from 11:30-1:00. Lunch included. You are welcome to experience it and become part of this new community.