Summary of Comments
Summarising some of the comments thus far and identifying some topics for further conversation.
Questions about missional action. There are questions about what we are to do about what we have been mostly talking about. Sarah says, “I am frustrated by my own ability to see how to go about it.”
There are some cautions about what we might do about what we have been experiencing as God’s call. Andy and Debbie both shared a concern that our action be more than “just serving others”; that our missional action be directed towards transformed lives through Jesus.
Questions about identity. Sue put this question in two particular ways: (1) Who are we at SJE? and (2) What image do we project when we tell others about our church?
The question also came up in response to John’s comments on the description I gave about the parish. John added the fact that many of us have received higher education. What does it mean that we tend to be well-educated people in a gentrified neighbourhood? How does our story connect with the stories of the people who live in our neighbourhood? How do our stories connect with their stories and what are the questions and issues that people in our neighbourhood struggle with?
Questions about evangelism. Related to the topics above there were specific questions for evangelism and disciple-making. Sarah asked about our readiness to talk about our faith. I had noted that witness talks were part of our experience in worship. Stewardship talks as well as lay preaching have also been aspects of this. The renewal of “Hearts and Minds” was in a way a response to the idea I put out in a sermon that our real, ordinary everyday lives are the place where we live out God’s mission. As I understand the goal in H&M is to talk about that specifically.
Debbie’s comment that at one time “evangelism” seemed a foreign concept, but that somehow, when set in the context of our wider missional conversation these days, seems like a normal part of what our mission is all about.
Posted on June 16, 2012
by David Anderson