When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new. -Dalai Lama
Over the past several weeks, I have sought out the opportunity to sit in many of your living rooms for conversations. Each conversation was different. Some conversations took place in the morning and others in the evening. Some were set in a more formal living room over tea or coffee. Others took place in a more relaxed setting like the den or around the kitchen table. My goal in each conversation was to ask good questions and listen more than I spoke (quite a challenge for a preacher). In each conversation I rediscovered beautiful a gift… you. By setting aside time in a comfortable space, looking you in the eyes and listening to your thoughts, feelings and concerns for an hour or so, God gifted me with a renewed appreciation of just how extraordinary each of you are. And I owe this gift to the simple, but seldom practiced art of listening. Thank you for the good conversations.
The fact is that we have a lot to talk about. The world around us seems to be getting more and more absurd every day, nationally, globally, socially, religiously, environmentally, and politically. We are tasked with discerning what it means to be a follower of Jesus, to take on the agenda of Jesus in these challenging times. Collectively, we must decide what it means to be the church that Jesus imagined amidst our fractured religious landscape. What is God calling Kingwood Christian Church to be and do for and with our community? This was essentially what I was listening for in our living room conversations.
What did I hear? I heard a diversity of ideas (surprise, surprise). Passionately, you spoke of dreams for discipleship (new efforts to grow deeper in faith), missions and outreach (new efforts for justice and service), worship (new expressions for all generations) and evangelism (fresh efforts to invite and welcome new friends into our church family). I was delighted to see that God was stirring among you. inspiring you to dream new dreams and see new visions for our future. Creativity of expression and Openness new adventures are the fingerprints of the Spirit at work and hallmarks of vital, growing congregations.
So thank you. Thank you for your devotion, your faithfulness, your passion, your ideas and support of OUR church. Thank you for your support in stepping out and planting a new worshipping community in The Table. We will launch October 7 in the Fellowship Hall. The service time will be planted concurrently at the same hour as the traditional service (details attached below). Our New Service Planting Team looks forward to presenting another layer of our vision on August 5 after worship. Please plan to stay and keep this important conversation going.
With Great Love, -Chad