So, ultimately the future comes to this: For what do we hope, and what are we willing to do, with God’s help to bring it about? We must persevere as faithful ones for the sake of our love for Christ and for the world.
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.
I left my teaching position to help revitalize my grandfather’s farm. I asked myself, ‘If farming were to become my ministry, what would I build?’ Central is helping me consider how to make the farm ecological, sustainable, and economically viable, as well as theologically responsible.