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  • Writer's pictureNerd Pastor Nate

The Point of Growth

Just in case you didn't hear me shouting from the rooftops last week - Checkpoint Church officially reaching 100 members in our Discord community. For our mission, we define Discord as being our digital church building. If Twitch is the coffee shop where we meet new people, Discord is where we invite those people to get to know us better. If we were a chartered church utilizing traditional terminology, they would be our 'membership.'

There are Discord servers out there with upwards of 800,000 members. 100 is not some magical number that denotes we have 'made it' on the Internet sphere. Make no mistake that this is not a number that we bragging over - but it is a number that is incredibly exciting for the future of Checkpoint. It's exciting because it represents the work we've put in over the last year and some change. It's exciting because it's our first time touching the three digit mark. Even more personally, it's exciting because it was one of my goals for the year.

At the beginning to 2021, I set goals for Checkpoint. One of those was that Discord would reach 100 members. The other was to reach 1,000 followers on Twitch. Back in January, these both felt impossible. And who can say? We may not reach our goal of 1,000 on Twitch. But setting goals is the important part. Reaching them feels amazing - but it isn't the real point of the exercise.

The same goes for if we hadn't reached 100 on Discord. It's amazing that we did - but what really excites is what it took for us to reach that 100 mark. I love our Discord community. I check it neurotically throughout the day. I get sad when I don't have notifications and butterflies when someone @'s me. By setting that goal, we focused on Discord and made it better than it was - 100 or not. Whether it's 10, 100, or 1,000, it's every single one of you who makes this what it is - and for that I am forever grateful. Let's keep growing: together, forward, and better.

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