I read recently that the "crunchy" is a term that is used (shortened from "crunchy granola") to describe people who willingly alter their lifestyle to make less of an impact on the environment. It's crunchy to give up your car for a bike, or use mass transit, or to become a vegan.
I wish there was a term for those at Northridge who have willingly altered their lifestyle to better fulfill the Great Commission. We need a NAME for them… "ridgers" "north-ites" "northridgers"? This group includes people who:
- Park off site – even though it is a pain (I admired watching a mom with pre-school children walk through the slushy snow in her fancy shoes). She's a Northridger…
- Carry the vision of the church and can describe it and dialogue with others about it (I had some seminary students stay with various people in our church. They always were impressed with the how the DNA was carried by our church members). They are Northridgers…
- Attend 8:30 – even though 11:00 may be easier for them.
- Serve at one service and attend the other. Those who do so – are here from 8:15 (or earlier) until after 12:30.
- Wear orange shirts week after week after week (that they paid for out of their own pocket)… to remind themselves and others that we are about partnering with parents to influence their children for Christ.
- Invite those who don't yet know Christ and cheer us on in our efforst to communicate the Gospel clearly (in every way).
- Go beyond giving 10% to live a generous lifestyle.
So many of you fit one, two or more of these categories. THANK YOU!
There must be a better term than "Northridgers". What is it?