My name is Rocky, and my wife and I have read "Finding Church" and found out why we were feeling that something is missing in the 2 congregations we had attended during the last 15 years. I was a Baptist pastor, and had been on staff for a dozen years, going merrily along, enjoying the fruits of ministry. I had earned a degree at a Southern Baptist seminary in 1990. My, how things have changed!
My wife found a group of women over three years ago, the nucleus having read "Finding Church" before she arrived on the scene. This intimate group of women, named Sacred Companions, is indeed a group the would be described in this book. The women go on retreats together, meet for various purposes, eat out together, and do ministry together.
I, on the other hand, have not found this kind of group yet. One couple from this group met my wife and I for supper at a local restaurant recently. It was one of those dinners filled with talking, laughing, sharing about life, etc. We finally left after the restaurant closed. My, how time flew! That was the kind of time that I am searching for in this journey.
I though after a few months that we would be connecting with more and more people, and be able to meet corporately on a Friday night for a couple of hours, with music, ministry, worship, and that fullness that comes from that to take place. But I have only managed to meet for coffee with a dear friend each week. That is good for me. And it is better than nothing.
I am looking forward on this journey.