a quick google of the name reveals that it is still available, at least as far as the internet is concerned. i'm still in the early stages of my thinking about this, but there are already some obvious pieces:
- our continuing mission - to boldly go where no one has gone before with the good news of Jesus (i.e. to preach the gospel in the regions beyond, 2 corinthians 10:16)
- an identifiable, largely unreached target people group - trekkers and trekkies. if you don't make a distinction between those terms, you're probably neither. but you could always take the test if you want to check.
- we'll need a core group of people who know and love Jesus and trek fans. (it might help if some of them were attractive, single women, but that's another story...).
- we'll be looking for core people with an ability to speak the language. this is not just a question of vocabulary (katra, sto-vo-kor, gre'thor, pah-wraiths, q, sha ka ree), but also of a facility with the narrative world of star trek and a knack for communicating the gospel using trek metaphors. here's a quick self-test: name a scene or idea from any star trek series (animated counts, novels don't) or movie that can be used in communicating the good news about Jesus.
- outreach opportunities should be plentiful (e.g. norwescon). afaik, there is no star trek convention in this area, and planning our own would be a natural programming piece if we are inclined.
- benediction: live long and prosper in Jesus (a sort of trek paraphrase of 3 john 2).