As I begin to think about a new member class at the Kirk, I’m reminded about how some struggle with the idea of “membership.” Joining a church, what’s that about? To me, its the notion that, for this season, I want to explore with these people my place in God’s story, and how that story is moving and changing and alive at a particular place. Its not that you have to agree with everything, or even have everything figured out. Its that this is a place that is giving you something–some life, some meaning, some purpose, some inspiration, some rest, some swift-kick-in-the-butt–that you are willing to commit to for a time.
So, we’re pulling together a new member class for the end of the month. It might be small, it might be mighty. Not sure yet. But its exciting to me to dream about the future with these folk. When I look at our children’s time and see kids from Cameroon, Korea, El Salvador, and around the block, its exciting to dream about our future together, where we are community minded; loving & serving. (Incidently, that’s our new church tagline!) Our heart on strengthening the community around us, through loving and serving others. Finding where exactly that will lead us to serve and to love in the months ahead. Trusting God who transforms us in Christ and inspires us to transform the world for good.
I’m thrilled. Its been an exhilarating 9 months as pastor here. Let’s keep moving….
(PS: want to talk about membership at the Kirk? Send me a message and lets talk)
Image: a stylized picture of the Kirk’s new sculpture “Path of the Spirit” by member Karen Lyman. Its part of our new outdoor space I hope will become a gift to the neighborhood, a peaceful place for reflection and inspiration…