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Aug142015

The Next Church I Serve

I’ve responded to some questions from a church that I thought I would share here.

What experience are you looking for in your next church?

I love preaching. I would like to preach and worship creatively and involve the people and all the senses in experiencing where the scriptures and our spirit speak to one other in groans too deep for words.

I would seek to serve and not be served. In my volunteer work with ComputerCorps, an Ecycling, training, and refurbisher in Carson City, I have been humbled by how everything and everyone there comes in broken and leaves refurbished, redeemed, or recycled. ComputerCorps gives folks in rehab, on probation, in sheltered workshops, the retired, the unemployed and youth an opportunity to do good and be better while recycling and refurbishing electronic throwaways. I would like work with broken people like me, to serve the broken and thus be mended themselves.

I would like to find the church of the next millennium, not the last. I would rather fail trying to redeem the world we have now for God than succeed in protecting and preserving the ministry and mission forms that worked so well in the last millennium but no longer effectively serve God and humanity today.

I would like not to go forward alone nor leave anyone behind. I would like to hold in God’s love and care saints who have lived this life of faith and now see the institutions and practices that faithfully and joyously delivered God’s grace to them abandoned and replaced. Both the young who don’t recognize the relevance of the church in their lives and the senior saints who grieve that same situation need to experience God’s grace and a pastor’s care.

Christy Ramsey. Some rights reserved. This work is licensed under a
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

 

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