March 28, 2015
I love people who love the church.
Not that I do not love people who do not love the church, but there is something really moving about folks who, for whatever reason, find a deep personal, spiritual, and physical connection to their faith community.
Sure we can argue about “what is church” but as I do my work with churches, pastors, and participants, I find myself constantly transformed by how people express their faith in, to, because of, and despite of the people with whom they gather.
In my consultant work, I have begun resonating with the word “tender” for many of the conversations that we have about church, the larger church or a particular congregation, are not only abstract conversations, but deeply personal ones. I can proclaim and snark with the best of them, but when it comes right down to it, as I work with churches, I have found the most effective way forward to honor the love and connections folks have with their community of faith.
These are places and communities where people have met God so we these place change, deconstruct, implode, and transform, being tender of touch and word, will meet the needs of those who are feeling tender of spirit and heart.
See you tomorrow.