Big Questions for the Church this Lent
Big questions bubble back to the surface as we begin to anticipate eventual reemergence. We’ll be reintroducing ourselves to the community and reengaging with the Vital Congregations Initiative. Brian Heron is Presbyter for Vision and Mission of Cascades Presbytery. He offers some big questions for us to ponder the Sundays in Lent. For the whole blog post click here. Here are two:
February 21 – The body as truth-teller? What messages is your body giving you in this time? Intuitive people will tell you that they often know something in their body before their mind can articulate it. What is your body telling you right now? Are you like a horse in the starting gate which can’t wait to hear the gun and get to the work of coronavirus recovery? Are you like the car accident victim shell-shocked and emotionally paralyzed? Are you like the grieving spouse who simultaneously is experiencing loss even as she anticipates a new life?
February 28 – Adopting or Adopted? Church consultants who are studying trends expect a wave of “church adoptions” in coming years. Churches with a higher degree of long-term sustainability will be in a position to adopt and take in churches with a low degree of long-term sustainability. Is your church more likely to fit the profile of the adopting church or is your church more likely to fit the profile of the adopted church? (This is not the only choice, but it helps the church to see whether it has resources to offer other churches or will need to be the recipient of resources.)