The Journey Continues ... Canoeing the Mountains Part 2
During worship on Sunday, the pastor shared this story, “A child was talking loud and was disruptive during worship. His dad picked him up and carried him out and as the child left, he said, Pray for me.”
In unchartered territory we go kicking and screaming and find the courage to tell others to pray for us. We go, knowing that “God is enabling us to extend healing, justice and the loving rule of God to all the world.”
In the previous newsletter, I introduced the book, “Canoeing the Mountain” and shared how churches and pastors can begin to align resources, etc., as we move into unchartered territory in this new century. The authors suggest that it will be helpful to reorient our thinking, doing and being. Here are some additional reorientations to help us to do justice, love mercy and walk humble with God in unchartered territory:
We must let go, learn as we go and keep going no matter what.
We were trained for a world that is disappearing, therefore, keep learning, risking and collaborating with others.
Remember: People will follow you off the map if you have credibility and competence.
For some of our churches, uncharted territory is naming our mission and claiming our vision. It is understanding the role of discipleship, covenant and leadership.
Similarly, as we reorient for new work let’s remember the: Mission of EOC: To make and mature disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
Our vision is to equip and support clergy and local churches to grow in their capacity to Bear Fruit AND We believe that:
Discipleship is our foundation.
Covenant guides us.
Connection strengthens us.
Leadership moves us forward.
Thank you for your commitment as we journey together into unchartered territory to strengthen God’s beloved community.
Rev. Benita Rollins
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Canton, OH 44709-2749
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