Indianapolis, January 1, 2014
Catching an 8:30 a.m. flight to a young preachers conference in Indianapolis on New Year’s Day is not a normal way to observe the holiday, but that is my assignment so here I am. My amiable traveling companions, seminary M.Div. students in the create program, Kimberly White and Matthew Sievert, have already engaged seat companions in theological conversation and befriended another preacher headed toward the conference. A lost boarding pass did not slow us down much.
Main events begin tomorrow – preaching circles, preaching sessions, preaching workshops, preaching in worship. Even the young man behind the hotel desk who checked us in confessed a calling to preach!
You’ll be hearing from Kimberly and Matt at a blog on this site as they join me in posting reflections on this experience. Now to bed. Happy New year!
My joy is to see followers of Christ actively engaged in using their gifts, and blazing trails in effectively reaching the world with the transforming power of the gospel. As a servant leader of Christ’s church, I want to do for others what my leaders and mentors did for me: facilitate that transformational connection between life on the ground and scripture/theology.
I see the Christian faith as a journey, a way of life. Many people can affirm that “church” is the people, not the building, but were that to become a reality in how we actually function, the church would be transformed. I’m fond of using the designation “follower of Christ.” As I read the gospels, the essence of the call of Jesus is action: going, sending, doing.