We recently had a VP3 staff team day, complete with Christmas party. One of the things we did was share stories about the people we have encountered this past year through the ministry of VP3…people who have been gifts to us. They have given to us the gift of knowing a little more of their story of change toward becoming the person God has intended them to be…a person with new hope to live more incarnationally…becoming a gift to others in Jesus’ name.
Sometimes we sit back in amazement at how the Lord has used what seems like our “two-fish-and-five-loaves” to help deepen and empower so many good people in various communities across North America.
This morning VantagePoint3 hosted a webinar called, “Crucibles: Times of Disorientation in a Leader’s Life.” Brian, Rob and I tried to unpack why such times can become heightened times of learning in our formation. If we have eyes to see and a heart to walk alongside another, such times snap us to attention. It is then that we have our work cut out for us, or perhaps to say it a better way, we may be best cut out for such work. One of the questions that emerged for someone during the webinar is one we have all found ourselves in from time to time. “How do I know if it is time to stay or time to leave?”
There seems to be a good bit of talk these days about “changing the culture.” What I bump into is the application of this concern toward a local church community. It is a good concern from what I hear, and what I notice in my own collection of concerns. In a recent conversation with a friend the same thing surfaced, “How can we change the discipleship culture in a local church?” Do you ever catch a question from time to time when you realize you don’t even know how to begin to respond? Not that you don’t know how to offer good wisdom or even a prescription or two. But you know that in order to “answer” the question with a sense of justice it will be a complicated deal.