I haven’t blogged for a long while mainly because I haven’t got much to say! However things are developing slowly. There is a possibility that a group of us might be forming a small ‘monastic’ group, committing ourselves to a way of being or rule of life. I’ll blog more about that later if anything comes of it. I’ve been busy trying to work out what this rule might look like and how it can be written down (being a dyslexic – I often have seemingly great ideas in my head but struggle to communicate them effectively in text!)
One of the things that I have noticed different in my new calling is the notion of intentionality. In the past, my primary concern, and focus of attention, was to the gathered community that met in particular physical locations (mainly churches!). I had responsibilities for guiding mission, worship and pastoral care. Anything I developed outside of that remit was usually in response to something or someone outside the gathered community and was usually squashed into an inappropriately small amount of time. (I was speaking to a Superintendent recently who was commenting on the lack of time he has to develop relationships and projects outside of his church and circuit base).
This job is radically different. Here the focus is on developing new projects and intentionally developing and practicing new ideas. But with no gathered community there are few to try them with! In my previous posts I have many ideas and either no time or no willing volunteers. I now have plenty of time, lots of ideas, but no human resource! There are a few people who say they are willing to help and come along side me but most of them are already in congregations and the old charge that comes to church planters and pioneer ministers ‘poaching people’ will likely come my way.
So I’m left praying – ‘ok God! Here I am! These are my ideas! Now what ….’
Do I intentionally set out to run with these ideas and hope that the people needed ‘turn up’? or do I sit and wait until it becomes clear what is needed and then I can, as I used to, respond to that particular need? (only now with more time)
By the way – that shopping unit is still available for lease??!!