I'm At a Conference
I'm sorry I haven't posted for the last couple of days. I have been attending the regional Vineyard leaders conference. I always dread going to these things but am always glad I went. It's not the political, strategical, organizational stuff that interests me at all. The talks are good probings into what's going on and what may come. The music worship is good. All that's fine. But for me it is the fellowship... getting together with my friends. This, actually, is what it is all about.
I think the church is heading in that direction anyway, necessarily. I believe we are heading to a place where organizational, institutional, political and purposeful church will be meaningless. I suspect I think and feel like the disenfranchised from Christianity and the church. I realize I don't look like it, being a paid pastor of a church with a building which is part of a denomination which is recognized as being within Christendom. But I am not interested in what all this means. I am not interested in the future of our denominational organization. I am interested in the people within it. I am not interested in securing my salary from my community indefinitely. I would love to make my living through, say, my art or writing or cartoons while continuing to be involved in this community. I am not interested in the longevity of our way of doing church in this building. I am interested, painfully lovingly so, in the people of my community. This means a great deal to me. Anyway, I intend to write more about this. I have to pack up and go for the final day of the conference. Stay tuned.