We Episcopalians started 21 new congregations this triennium. This is one of the most effective ways to reach new people. We’ve done some church planting well, and we need to do even more. Read this encouraging report, with a request for a modest continued investment.
As we look at General Convention reports and resolutions, Blue’s Clues searches for good clues in the reports from three Joint Standing Committees: Nominations; Planning and Arrangements; and Program, Budget & Finance.
Leading up to General Convention 2018, I will be blogging my way through many of the proposed resolutions. This series will be called “Blue’s Clues” and this introduction sets out some of the goals and directions. Enjoy!
On the feast of the Epiphany, as I look at the proposed churchwide budget for the Episcopal Church, a reflection on whether we are offering Jesus Christ to the world in the way the Gospel suggests we ought to.
Almighty and everlasting God, whose will it is to restore all things in your well-beloved Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords: Mercifully grant that the peoples of the earth, divided and enslaved by sin, may be freed and brought together under his most gracious rule; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Lord, we pray that your grace may always precede and follow us, that we may continually be given to good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Can you imagine what our congregations would be like if we kept God’s words in our hearts? If we taught our children about God’s great love for us as revealed in the scriptures? If we publicly proclaimed the scriptures?
If you want your church to really get to know the Bible, it doesn’t need to be financially costly. It just takes a willingness to devote the time and the focus to place the Bible front and center. You’ll see transformation, guaranteed.
To get a congregation reading the scriptures will surely lead to transformation of individual lives and of the church itself. To learn the language of scripture is to find new ways to praise and to thank God, and that helps us live out our purpose, to glorify God.
The field is ripe for harvest. Do we need provinces to send laborers out into the harvest? Are provinces consuming time and energy that delay us from the urgent work of the Jesus Movement?
These are some thoughts on the tech side of travel. What I love about having found a good set of apps is that I can focus on the sites and people when I travel, because technology helps make the logistics and complications recede into the background as much as possible.
Getting your church building ready for guests is extra work, but it’s very much worth it. And Jesus cares a lot about how you welcome guests and strangers (see Matthew 25:35b).