(June 22, 2017)
Well, the travel went smoothly. I connected with a dear friend and made it to the conference center where I’m staying (on grounds of the Louisville Presbyterian Seminary) with about 20 minutes to spare. The other participants and I were to meet in the main lobby at 6 so I walked down the curving staircase and saw a group of people in one area. I walked over and looked at them, saying, “Are you revitalizing?”
It was clear they were not and that they didn’t have a CLUE what I was talking about.
From behind me, one of my group members spoke up and we both laughed at how my question had not been well received.
I read something today and I’m curious about your response and thoughts about it:
The truth of revitalization carries a reality of “necessity.” It is necessary for things to change, for things to be made new. It is an indisputable fact that the church is going through an incredible time of re-forming, where things cannot remain the same, and God is calling us to re-vitalize how we live and worship together as Christ’s church. And although, these are anxious times where so much seems driven by divisions and fear, the truth is, we worship a living Savior and Lord, who has long since been on the move and calling us to follow on the road to redemption. The Christian faith is not a stagnant faith; it has always been meant to “go” in the newness of life Christ gifts to us. Thus, revitalization is merely a call to faithfully follow where Christ is already at work and leading the church. It is not a hip new program, or a hipster young leader, or a contemporary worship service. For Revitalization to occur – we need only to faithfully re-think, re-imagine, re-form how Christ is calling us to join where the Spirit is leading the people of God, and the courage to faithfully follow. It begins by simply re-turning towards God; it is an openness to the wonder God longs to reveal, so that as individuals and together as a worshiping community, we can be changed and transformed in vitality and newness of life together.
With that … I’ll say good night.