March 23, 2021

Becca's Blog: Twenty/Twenty (One) Vision

Around 2010-ish, I remember hearing about our city’s big plans for everything they were going to do to improve the city in the next ten years (so by 2020). If I remember correctly, they referred to it as “20/20 Vision,” and I thought that was the funniest play on words I’d ever heard. Little did I know that the city wasn’t the only one to play on the phrase, and that tons of businesses/organizations/cities/etc. would use that phrase to talk about everything they had planned for 2020. Even little-er did I know that everyone’s big “20/20 Vision” plans, that they’d been working on for years, would be derailed by a global pandemic. Funny how plans work out sometimes…

The good news for us here at The Ridge was God knew a derailed 2020 actually meant a new and improved outlook on our vision, and exciting new plans for 2021. If you’ve been around The Ridge for a minute, you’ve probably heard us talk about our vision, which is to do whatever it takes to reach our community for Christ. When 2020 started, we thought that “our community” represented Columbus, Indiana, maybe all of Bartholomew County, maybe a little further. When 2021 started, we knew that “our community” now reached far beyond just our physical community, into a whole world of online community as well. 

So what changed between the start of last year and the start of this year? Okay, besides Covid – that’s the obvious answer (though we can’t entirely ignore that Covid played a part). Well, online streaming happened. Online relationships happened. Online groups happened. We discovered that we had a whole community online that needed to be reached for Christ just as much as our in-person community, and we were going to do “whatever it takes” to reach them, too. Even now that we’ve regathered for in-person services, we still have 100+ people who join us online each week. We’ve even had several Ridgers get baptized who had never stepped foot in our building until they were baptized – how cool is that?! 

This Sunday, we’re having what we call a Vision Sunday at The Ridge. We’re going to be talking about how you can invite your friends/family/neighbors/etc. to join us for Easter, and what’s coming to The Ridge on Easter and beyond. We’ve got some exciting plans that we’re sharing with you this Sunday, all of which will help us all do whatever it takes to reach our community, our friends, our family for Christ. So forget 20/20 vision – 20/21 vision is where it’s at. 

Whatever it takes,

Becca 

Becca Malburg I was born and raised here in Columbus and have lived here my whole life (other than a few short stints in New York City). I’ve gone to The Ridge my entire life (including the church’s pre-Ridge days) and was both saved and baptized at the church. In 2018, I joined the team at The Ridge as the Communications Director. Outside of that role, I am also involved in the worship team, with the teen programs, and on the production team. What I Do Every day, I get to do what I love while impacting people’s lives for Christ. I am responsible for helping to communicate all upcoming events and services, from Sunday morning communications to social media communications. Remember when your mom would tell you that you’d never get anywhere by being on Facebook all day? Well, don’t tell your mom that Facebook is a part of my job :). Life Before The Ridge Before joining the team here at The Ridge, my work background ranged from economic development for the city to television production in New York and Indiana. In the television production world, I’ve done everything from transcription (my typing speed is pretty darn good if I do say so myself) to picking up lunch for some TV hosts (people eat some weird things…). When I’m Not at Work, I… am either traveling, planning my next trip, or helping someone else plan their trip. When I’m in town, I’m either participating in a live trivia night, at home watching Jeopardy (yes, I DVR it), or out exploring Columbus with a camera around my neck. Something That May Surprise You I absolutely love traveling by myself. I’ve done a few trips to NYC by myself, and most recently took a solo trip to Disney World.