The greatest concern in my ministry leader life right now is helping my church know what they believe and learn to articulate it with gentleness and respect. I may be holding onto the impossible, but it still seems doable to be clear about what you believe, but do it with kindness while remaining friends with those who see things differently than you do.
In December 1956, the First Christian Church of Oklahoma City moved from their beautiful cathedral on NW 10th Street in downtown Oklahoma City to their new, very modern campus at NW 36th and Walker. Both buildings are still standing as architectural gems of the past.
The original building was constructed in 1911 and was certainly a cathedral; it was referred to as “neoclassical architecture with a stone exterior” and featured a gold-domed roof that rivaled our domeless state capital. That building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.
Sitting in my church each weekend, you will find far too many people who encountered a church in their past that made them feel as if they were unlovable and that it was a permanent condition. For as long as I live, I will never understand why so many churches, church people, and pastors are so afraid of love and grace.
Sometimes I wonder about the world my grandkids are growing up in. I wonder if Kim and I are setting up markers that will forever remind the generations who come after us that God is still God, that he still loves, guides, understands, forgives, and calls us to do the same.