IBC’s Moon Shot

By Janett Miller
By Isaac Harris
By Charlyn Valencia
By Chad Golden
By Bruce Riley
By Jonathan Cortina
By Kuruvilla (K.O.) Oommen
By John Dyer
By Abe Paul
By Jennifer Durrett
By Penny Jones
By Amy Owen
By Jill Asibelua
By Madi McGraw
By Jared Barnett
By Paul Martin
By Jeremy Varnell
By Norm Headlam
By Kristi Herring
By Alban Snider
By Sissy Mathew
By Oscar Camacho, Jr
By Shannon Pugh
By Al Palamara
By Don Robb
By Mike Pope
By Melanie Mechsner
By Kyla Mikusek
By Michelle Garza
By Armando Galvan
By Jeremiah Betron
By Camille Holland
By Rod Myers
By Shannon Lewis
By Chase Studdard
By Crystal Elwell
By Darcy Peterson
By Jason Elwell
By Amy Aupperlee
By Tiffany Stein
By Barry Jones
By Erin Hargrave
By Bryan Eck
By Tricia Kinsman
By Jason Stein
By Nat Pugh
By Sarah Kemper
By Dana Myers
By Craig Pierce
By Jim Woodward
By Lindsey Sobolik
By Scott McClellan
By Andy McQuitty
By Pete Hyndman
By Kevin Dial
By Sherene Joseph
By Earl Davidson
By Rebecca Perry
By Joe Padilla
By Christian Melendez
By Bruce Riley
By Isaac Harris
By Amy Leadabrand
By Ben Haile
By Shaun Robinson
By Natalie Franks
By Cathy Barnett
By Ryan Sanders
By Casey Pruet, The Grace Alliance
By Sharon Arrington
By Lauren Chapin
By Betsy Paul
By Alberto Negron
By Kelly Jarrell
By Michelle Mayes
By Jenn Wright
By Jill Jackson
By Terri Moore
By Robyn Wise
By Katherine Holloway
By Richard Ray
By Kurtlery Knight
By Bruce Hebel
By Neil Tomba
By Tony Bridwell
By Grayson McGovern
By Luke Donohoo
By Kathy Whitthorne
By Mike Moore
By Wade Raper
By Mike Gwartney
By Jo Saxton
By Dieula Previlon
By Jonathan Cude
By Ken Lawrence
By Jay Hohfeler
By Barb Haesecke
By Lindsay Casillas
By JoAnn Hummel
By Shawn Small
By Alice McQuitty
By Jonathan Murphy
By Peggy Norton
By Brent McKinney
By Irving Bible Church
By Irving Bible Church
By Ashley Tieperman
By Betsy Nichols
By Trey Grant
By Debbie Lucien
By Sue Edwards
By Suzie Robinson
By Paul Smith

On May 25, 1961, President John F. Kennedy stood before a joint session of Congress at the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. and proclaimed that, before the end of that decade, an American would land on the moon and return safely to earth. It was a gutsy move. NASA was less than three years old. No American had yet made a complete orbit of our planet. We were behind Russia in the space race and we weren’t really sure how to catch them; we didn’t know what we didn’t know. I’m always shocked when I watch historic footage or movies about the Apollo missions and see the world’s leading applied mathematicians using slide rules. Not only did we build rocket ships without computers, we went to the moon with slide rules!  

For the past several months, the pastors, staff and elders of our church have been praying and discussing the direction of the Holy Spirit in regard to our future. In one of the early meetings about that topic, one IBCer made this observation. He said, “It feels like there’s no moon shot.” 

Well, now there is.  

Yesterday, Andy McQuitty stood on the stage at Irving Bible Church and announced that, by the end of 2021, God will transform our hearts and transform our city. We want DFW to be different — more like the kingdom of heaven — because of a gospel movement of rescue and renewal, sparked by the transformed people at IBC. That’s a gutsy vision. Like Kennedy’s America, we don’t know what we don’t know. We aren’t sure how this is going to work. We’re going to need help. We’ll have to try new things. We’ll likely fail along the way. And we may have to go for this goal without all the tools we would like to have (slide rules!)  

You can bet that on May 26, 1961, there were scientists in Houston thinking “This is crazy! I hope we can pull this off!” That’s a little how we feel now on September 12, 2016. We don’t know what parts of DFW God will start with.  

  • Will we partner with the nonprofit sector in new ways to care for the needy?  
  • Will SchoolWorks overwhelm inner-city schools with a passion for helping kids overcome disadvantages?   
  • Will a Home Group lead the way in promoting safer, more interconnected neighborhoods?  
  • Will our efforts at multiplication create an army of strong, reliable, Spirit-empowered leaders to serve other churches and ministries across our city?  
  • Will we mimic the hospitality of our first-century ancestors by receiving the refugee, the fatherless and the window into our homes?  

These, like the Lunar Module on the day of Kennedy’s speech, are expressions of our vision that do not yet exist. We don’t know how God will change our hearts, nor how our hearts will change our city. We only know that, starting today, we’re going to the moon.  

On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 Commander Neil Armstrong stepped from the Lunar Module’s ladder onto the moon’s surface. America — and the world — rejoiced. Our nation had achieved what most of human history could never dream. (And we did it with slide rules!) 

There may be a day, a decade or two from now, when a generation of IBCers looks back on September 11, 2016 and says, “How did they do that with the budget and manpower they had? What made them think they could change an entire city?”  

The answer to that question is where our story departs from NASA’s. Kennedy was relying on the best scientific minds on Earth. We’re relying on the one who created Earth. And for that reason, our vision, though just as ambitious, is more assured than NASA’s.  

IBC, this is our moon shot. Buckle up.   

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