“A new spirituality is being born in you. Not body denying or body indulging, but truly incarnational. You have to trust that this spirituality can find shape within you, and that it can find articulation through you. You will discover that many other spiritualities you have admired and tried to practice no longer completely fit your unique call. You will begin sensing when other people’s experiences and ideas no longer match your own. You have to start trusting your unique vocation. And allow it to grow deeper and stronger in you so you can blossom in your community.”
Henri Nouwen, The Inner Voice of Love
A children’s pastor begins to wonder if she is only there to put out congregational fires.
A senior pastor begins to understand that neither his current home church nor the church he is being called to match the unique imprint that God has asked him to make.
A worship pastor heads for the private sector to use the organizational strengths in his head and heart.
A pastoral counselor sits in his office and says that same words that I did. “I just can’t do it this way any more.”
The more that I talk about the changes that are happening in the evangelical church that I have known, the more change I hear coming.
It’s happening in the private sector as well.
So, what’s your perspective on all of this?
Leave a comment if you wish. Or you can continue to email me. (I have got a lot of emails. I imagine that it feels safer talking that way. Thanks for being willing to talk. I take your trust seriously.)
What say you?