I’m trying to be more intentional about attending to my blog. My 2012 resolution is to post a blog each day. As a “side dish” to that main course, I am also trying to clean up old drafts, improve Tags and Categories and try to do a better job of getting the word out about this writing space.
So, working toward “draft clean-up” this morning, I came across this random paragraph of a blog I started back in June. The proposed blog was entitled: A New Call for a New Day. I suspect it was inspired by some Unco11 and subsequent Twitter conversations we were having about bi-vocational ministry, or part-time, small church ministry or some other such matter. I have no idea if I will ever complete it (probably not), so I offer up this brief thought which raises far more questions than it answers.
“Some have claimed that the end of Christendom is upon us and that may be true. But that doesn’t mean the end of Christ. The call to continue his work remains in front of us. It is good work. It is important work. And it’s not for the faint of heart. While there is a potential risk for those of us who are pastors, in terms of the traditional ways we have received pensions and salaries, the way we have understood our future in traditional leadership roles, it’s time to live into the reality that is before us. We need to rise to the challenge and make good use of the gifts that the Spirit has put within us and within the people we serve. It’s time to courageously step out into a hope-filled vision which will carry us far beyond what we can imagine for our careers, our congregations and even our denominations.”