Community in Action August 19, 2020

“Leadership is disappointing your own people at a rate they can absorb.”

    Last night our Session met and we embraced the call to leadership which includes the quote above from Ronald Heifetz. I first heard this quote when we read “Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Unchartered Territory” by Tod Bolsinger last year.

    I am excited about this coming year at JKPC. I think we have a great leadership team. We have people who are willing to think outside the box and help all of us cope with the changes we have to keep making to continue the ministry to which we have been called as a community of faith.

    Since March 15th we successfully started and maintained a Facebook Live Virtual Service. We had 175 kids sign up for VVBS, Virtual Vacation Bible School. We had a congregational meeting to approve new leadership with all positions being filled for our Deacon Board and our Session.

    We have participated in Virtual Communion together and we have found ways to include our members who don’t have the internet. We also started our Outdoor Worship, with a few glitches the first Sunday, and even through the storm this last week we celebrated our God as Lord over all.

    Basically what this means is we are not here to just maintain the status quo. We don’t do things just because that is the way we have always done them. We are willing to do things differently, we are wiling to take risks, and we are willing to operate outside of our comfort zone.

    We need to take into account our unique context and trust the God, who is always with us, in the here and now. We need to be willing to dig deep, flex our wings, to reach beyond the stars, to live out a new calling.

    I am so grateful for a congregation that pulls together when times get difficult, but even more so a congregation that seeks new ways to be force of vitality in our community. We are a community of faith that seeks connection in the midst of chaos, that seeks new understanding from voices that have long been silenced, and that seeks new ways to reach those who have been alienated.

    We are witnesses to the circles with whom we interact. As one of our elders said last night, “We are the ambassadors of God’s kingdom.” And that means, like Jesus, we provide presence, comfort, and consolation. 

    I am thankful that we have not grown complacent nor have we sequestered ourselves from the world which is still reeling from all the chaos, a world which desires a place of sanctuary. We can bring calmness to those who are anxious, we can bring stability to those who are unsecure, we can share our trust in the one who is our Great Shepherd.

    This Shepherd will take us through the desert, through the dark forest, even when the mountains don’t move the way we “need them to move” or "the waters don’t part” for us to walk through (this is from the song "Trust in You" by Lauren Daigle). We can still trust God.

    When we are disappointed by God because we don’t get what we think we need we, as a community, can still trust him to see us through. Let us look forward to the year that lies ahead as we rely on the Spirit of God to guide us, direct us, and give us the strength to meet the oncoming assault of challenges for this next season. We can do this. We are the people of God. We are His beloved. Amen.


    Pastor Randy

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