I made a decision early in my ministry that the most important contributions I could make would be through actions, not words. My early years showed me that it’s easy for leaders to talk the talk. Walking the walk, however, can be more challenging.
That’s one reason the so-called “little thing”s take on such importance to me. I can begin every worship service by having the congregation say, “No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey you are welcome here!” – but if folks watch the worship service unfold and hear only the English-language used; or see only white, affluent, people from one particular stage of life – those liturgical actions call the spoken words into question.
With that said, one of my passions in my blog is not to write about the things I think are interesting – or share only my particular viewpoint; my greatest passion is to use my blog to get OTHER people talking and sharing THEIR perspectives. It’s a way of putting my belief that the world is a better place when we get to know each other and talk to each other in respectful ways. It’s also my way of putting my belief in “flat” systems into practice (and by “flat” systems, I mean non-hierarchical ways of being where the pastor is considered “the expert” and the readers sign in to learn from her or him). I believe every individual has something valuable to offer the world and that we should be learning from each other – not just the pastor.
I learned early on, however, that it would be a challenge to write only when others submitted questions or statements. I would often go months waiting for that to happen. So I am working on finding a mid-point. When people submit questions or comments, I will always respond the submissions first. When people don’t submit questions or comments, then I will jump in and share what I’m thinking about until someone does submit something. It’s another way I’m working on establishing a sense of balance in my life and ministry.
So with that said – what’s on YOUR mind these days? I’d love to hear what you are thinking about! Hope to hear from you soon!