The Bridge Chicago is a way to offer the resources of Mission:USA to help people do good ministry.
The fellowship that I joined my Freshmen year is currently going through a replant. They’ve helped me so much with accepting Christ love with the Lord, but this replant means more time would need to be committed to this fellowship (because the plan is to find students who aren’t plugged in any fellowship and do devotionals with them). But being in college means a lot of stress, studying, and also a lot of $$. How do I hear from the Lord about this? Do I go find a new way to pursue Jesus?
I certainly think you are right to be concerned about this new development. There is nothing wrong with wanting to reach the unreached, as a matter of fact that is a great thing. The problem is that it seems that they might be sacrificing the work they are doing with the people who are already involved.
Whenever a Christian group, such as a fellowship or church, makes growth their top priority, things tend to go wrong quickly. That seems to be one of the problematic aspects here, the other being wanting a time investment from you for the purpose of the fellowship prospering. People don’t exist to serve Christian leadership, Christian leadership exists to serve people. If you feel that the you are being used as opposed to served, then that is definitely a problem.
If you pray through and decide that this new direction doesn’t suit your needs, then you should absolutely find a new place to belong and grow in the Lord. That is not being ungrateful, and it isn’t a negative comment on your current fellowship. Sometimes people or places are meant to get you from one point to another in your walk, and then you move on to something else. That is perfectly fine, not everything is meant to be life long. Nor is it selfish to make sure that you are being spiritually fed wherever you choose to go. Your relationship with God is important to you and important to God, you should have high standards for it and the people who influence it.
I think you should ask the Lord if this is the situation He wants you in or if you should find a new place to worship and grow. Let your own discomfort or unease speak to you. There is no shame or disloyalty if you decide to move on. Your walk will grow and change throughout your life, and you have to have the courage and the trust to put it first and to know when something is standing in the way of that.
-Matt from The Bridge