Jamie Hoskins ['Thursday
Group' : Chilliwack, Canada] finds Jesus on a bench.
welcome to our virtual coffee shop. Pull up a chair, take the load of
your feet. Let's chat.
fun. So. how are you doing? Oh wait. that won't work. on to your questions.
who are you, where you from, what do you do in life?
is Jamie Hoskins and I'm from Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada. It's
a small city about 100 Km from Vancouver and the west coast of Canada.
I am a guy who likes to have his hands in everything so it's tough for
me to really nail down what it is that I do. A short list would be:
- I spend lots of
time writing on my blog bechurch.net
- I work full
time as an employment counsellor and professional group facilitator
- I help my wife run her photography business called Icon
- I pastor a small church of about 15-20 people at my house called the
Thursday Group. We didn't pick the name it just happened. I wanted something
cooler like X-treme LMNT Re:volution or something like that but the
Thursday Group Community thing stuck :)
- I am currently working on writing a few different books, but all of
them are still in that "bits and pieces" stage but maybe one day I will
be a "real" writer.
I get you a drink? Cappucino, earl grey, dandelion and burdock, pale ale?
Sure! I'll take a double shot, long pour latte steamed to about 170
degrees with a heaping teaspoon of plain old white sugar. in a paper cup
because I like to drink slowly and will probably end up taking it with
you like a doughnut or pastry to go with that?
Yeah, why not. I'll have an apple fritter of something, just don't tell
my wife! :)
if you had to describe the church/project/experiment/thingy you are currently
involved with in one sentence, what would that sentence be?
We are loving, growing, and vibrant community of believers (and seekers)
that are trying to bring faith, hope, love, and purpose back to a generation
that is falling apart from spiritual and relational neglect. Or something
you an instigator? / new recruit? / have absolutely no recollection of
how you got involved?
I'm the instigator. Always have been. For some reason God gave me an overwhelming
passion for starting up new faith communities and talking with people
do you value most about being part of it?
I really value the fact that I am loved. I've gone to a bunch of churches
where I get to know people, but I never really make close friends. It
always stays at this surface level and never really goes any deeper. The
people at the Thursday Group are so much more than that to me. They are
becoming like my family. I really love these guys.
excites you most about it?
The most exciting thing is seeing everyone in the group grow and mature
in their faith. I love it when new people come into relationship with
Jesus or someone who is in a hard-core struggle with God turns around
and comes back to him. This group has really helped a lot of people grow
past their issues and into a new freedom with Christ and other believers.
It's so cool to watch!
anyone ever turned up out of the blue not knowing what to expect?
What did they say?
Yep! It's always really funny. The reactions usually come from either
seekers who have never been to church before or from believers who have
never experienced simple church. The main reaction from the seekers is
that what we do isn't what they expected church to look like. They often
have a picture of Ned Flanders from the Simpson and suits and ties and
organs, and then they get to our place and see everyone having supper
together and chilling out all over the living room like at a party. it
messes them up. The church people who come either really love it and want
to keep coming or they say that our structure is too chaotic and that
we aren't "churchy" enough.
words that describe your attitude to 'being church' in the big wide world:
Transparency (Authenticity), Love, and Service That's four,
but the first two mean the same thing to me.
words that DON'T:
Pride, Hate, Isolation
have this weird dream - you meet Jesus face to face.
Where does it happen, what does he say to you?
I've had dreams like this twice. In the first one I met Jesus in a big
field and I kept trying to ask him deep theological questions and get
answers from him but he just kept laughing and told me that I needed to
relax and just enjoy spending time with him. He told me not to stress
out about things and to learn how to have fun. Then we ran around and
played like little kids. In the second dream I was in a dirty and broken
city and I saw this homeless guy on a bench I went over to him and said
"Jesus?" and then he looked at me and I knew it was him. He said "you
found me!" His eyes knocked me onto my back and I died, and then we both
flew up into heaven. It was pretty weird.
the big secret you're itching to share with everyone?
Learn to love one another and learn to love God. But the real secret is
that loving one another helps you to love God. Love covers a multitude
of sins and by loving your neighbour you are showing your love for God.
This is a huge key that most people forget about. Christianity is pretty
easy when your whole focus is on loving your neighbour and loving Jesus.
It's not easy to do, but it makes Christianity easier.
would your 'emerging church survival kit' contain?
A million sets of clothes because the emerging thing doesn't look the
same for everyone. What God is telling me to live out is completely different
from what he is telling you to live out. We are all made with a plan in
mind and each plan is as different as person who has one. In the EC we
need to be flexible and adaptable and we need to be willing to change
when God tells us that we need to.
else you'd like to share with us before you have to rush off?
Just that it great getting to chat with everyone and would love to get
to know some of you more. Stop by my blog
and drop me an email. I love getting to meet new people from all over
Good to see you. Have a good day!
It was cool hanging out with you!