Monday, June 30, 2014

Small Sips Bids Farewell to June

Yes, very disruptive. Jan reflects on some of the decisions that the Presbyterian Church (USA) made at its General Assembly last week, most notably its decision to affirm marriage equality:
Disruptive innovation is a concept in technological development in which – initially – results/performance/growth might be lower, but eventually there is prosperity as traditional parameters change. Check it out here. 
After years of prayerful conversations, studies, debates, and even General Assembly voting, GA 211 finally made a disruptive decision: to change the definition of marriage to include GLBTQ couples and to stand with oppressed Palestinians – both Christian and Muslim. Some people will leave the church. Some will send hate mail. Many will misrepresent what happened in Detroit. 
But innovation is disruptive. And faithfulness is even more disruptive. Thanks to all the commissioners who worked so tirelessly last week in Detroit.
While keeping tabs on the events in Detroit and noting the various reactions to these decisions, I couldn't help but compare it to the UCC's General Synod in Atlanta in 2005 where both marriage equality and divestment were approved. Many churches and members left the denomination, sites like UCCTruths made hay, people expressed anger...and many people also felt affirmed and loved by a church body, possibly for the first time ever.

The phrase "disruptive innovation" is redundant, really. Anything that brings a shift in the thought or process that came before is bound to be jarring to what we're used to, even if such innovation is faithful, needed, and admittedly overdue.

I lift prayers for the PCUSA as they begin navigating this new bend in the road. It will be long and bring some pain, but also celebration and joy.

From the "Stuff I Wish I'd Heard About in January" file. Luke shares something he learned about at Ginghamsburg Church regarding setting goals in ministry:
One thing I've adopted is a mission statement and then three things that I will get done this year based off that statement. Just three. If I do anything else, then that's bonus. 
I learned this method at the Ginghamsburg Church: Change the World conference (more on that later) 
My mission is: "Part Theologian. Part Dinosaur." 
My three:  
1. Develop Family Small Groups Help families learn to connect church and home and speak faith 
2. Leadership Retreat for Cabinet Used to do it, and need to pray and plan for the year 
3. Continue to Build the Teen Ministry Develop a teen ministry that is fun, multi-generational, and sustainable 
So those are my goals. I've already started working on each. And in each event, I must fulfill my mission. I have to look towards God's future (theologian) and have a ton of fun with it too (dinosaur).
Now that it's almost July, doing this for myself would have to come with tempered goals and expectations. However, to my surprise I was able to come up with my own three things rather quickly:

1. Get the Care Ministry my church is developing up to functional status.

2. Get a good jump on my Writing Project.

3. Begin developing a Mission Ministry Team.

We'll see how the rest of the year goes with these three things in mind.

It's not me, it's you. David Hayward shares this cartoon:

Sometimes this is how it has to be.

Misc. The Wild Goose Festival was this past week, and once again I didn't go. Sad face. PeaceBang rants about people who preach in t-shirts. Point taken. Dare I ask how she feels about polos? Because our summer outdoor services can be quite toasty. Caleb Wilde shares ten reasons why he's a funeral director.