We took a crew down the Nantahala rapids yesterday in Bryson City, NC.  It was Fred‘s birthday, and so we forgave him for getting us lost on the way.  It was just a hodge podge of people – youth, college, adults (Kyle stated, “uh, that means that I am one of the adults now…” – why, yes you are, old man).

I think I liked it that way.  It wasn’t a part of North Side, it was just North Side.  One big family.  We came together for some fellowship and ripping down some rapids.

It was a much needed day for me.  I needed something that didn’t require me to strategize or plan for ministry.  I just was the rudder on the back of the raft.  Just to show you how this wasn’t a tough rapid, I was our raft’s guide and we didn’t have to wear helmets.   Scary.  Not the helmets, me being the guide was scary.

We made it through.  Whenever we would get through a rapid, I would normally say something annoying like, “what can we learn from that?”  “What did you realize there about teamwork?”  Or, “That’s a lot like us spiritually, you know?”

Fun stuff.  I want to go again.

rafting crew


Travis Agnew is married to Amanda and the father of two sons and one daughter. He serves as the Senior Pastor of Rocky Creek Baptist Church in Greenville, SC. His most recent book is What God Has Joined Together.