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Listening and Seeing

Posted on February 26, 2013

In my previous post I shared what has been disturbing me lately about vision and how we leaders treat it when things look like they are dying in our midst. So, in light of that, if listening and “seeing” are indespensable in keeping us from falling into selling our people junk food vision, how do we cultivate that in our ministries and lives? I think, obviously, we need to nurture the deeply spiritual in us. Are we listening to God’s voice in our life? Are we growing in being able to discern his movement in us? But beyond listening to God in the inner places of our life, are we listening to the voice of the people we are meant to be serving too?…

Junk Food Vision

Posted on February 25, 2013

“Where there is no vision the people perish.” Proverbs 29:18 As leaders, we know how valuable vision is to our ability to lead others. We know we need it. We know that without it things start to die. What has been disturbing me lately, though, is how shallowly leaders tend to treat vision when they begin to see their ministries, organizations, or churches starting to experience signs of death. Numbers are stagnant? People are leaving? We’re lacking innovation and creativity? “We need vision!” leaders yell. But what I sometimes see happen as a result is that some arbitrary goal then is thrown out to the masses in hopes that it will reverse the intertia, breathe life where this is none, and reinvigorate people towards…

My Liturgical Life

Posted on February 15, 2013

“Kristy, remember you are dust and to dust you will return.” These were the words my pastor spoke over me this Ash Wednesday as he touched my forehead with ashes in the sign of the cross. It felt significant to me to hear him say my name first. It made it feel so personal to have someone look me in the eyes, address me by name, and remind me that my life is mortal and my own body frail. It was also sobering to see my 3 year old looking at our pastor with bright eyes while he said the same words to her. As much as I would like to view my children differently, they too are bound to these bodies that don’t…