Monday, October 09, 2006

Faced With a Choice

I got a call today from a colleague in my Association.

I quickly remembered that she's the chair of the nominating committee. The reason for my remembering this is because my "name came up" in a discussion of who might be best to fill positions on the Association Council, sort of the uber-Consistory for the Association. It makes the big decisions and it sets the direction.

Guess why I was asked. Go ahead, guess.

Young. We want a young voice. One of these days I'm not going to be that young any more. Then what will people do?

I've had more questions lately about how much the wider church matters if it does anything other than support and encourage and equip local churches. It's my view that local churches are the ones doing real ministry and mission work. In fact, I've been tweaking an entry to this effect that I'll go ahead and post later in the week.

So here I sit turning over this position and am of two minds:

1. I'm already on a couple committees and groups at the Association level and, if I want to hold true to my view that the local church is where it really gets done, maybe I should say no. If I believe in the local church, I should focus my energy there. That, and Consistory is my least favorite meeting so why would I want to go to a second one every month?

2. They want my voice, they think I'd have something positive and needed to contribute especially in a season of change for our why not bring my viewpoint about the wider church's main purpose and help affect change in that direction, or at least keep it focused in that direction?

This could go either way. I have a couple days to prayerfully think it over and chat with a few Council members.

What would you do?