365 COMMUNITY
I have been attending church for over 30 years. During most of these years there has been a burden on my heart for something more – and this is not a criticism of any of the churches I have been a part of but rather an entrance point into a call that I believe God has placed on my life; yes, a longing for something more.
I used to look out my room window as a youth and see the distant hills and think to myself over and over: ‘there’s got to be more than this.’ I had come to faith in Jesus by this point in my life but something still seemed lacking.  I wanted Jesus in a way that I did not know him – and I wanted others to know him in a way that would change their lives.
I have been in pastoral ministry for over 25 years. Early on in my ministry, already sensing the desire for something more growing restlessly inside me, I was approached by a middle aged man in a Christian bookstore. I had been looking around the store, restless and disengaged; perhaps my discouragement was showing on my face. This man said something so simple yet profound given my restless heart. “God is going to use you to bring change.” These were his words. For over20 years these words have not left me.
Recently I was helping take care of some cleaning in a fellowship hall of a church. These next words hit me with such clarity of connection to the words spoken two decades earlier: ‘It is time. It is time.’ After 30 years of restlessness and 20 years of waiting on a prophetic word – it is time.
This brings us here: to a 365 Community. I imagine most would not disagree with me when I say that the church is to be the church 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Always available. Always ready. Always present. But how? . . .
Welcome to 365 Community, my vision for, and hope of, bringing change – doing church 24/7, 365 days a year. It is time – time to make this reality more than just a fading dream.
Expectantly,
Richard Hovey