When I tell people that I want to work in the church, what I mean is I want to work in a community of love. I still love all the liturgy, the details, and the formalities that go into the church, but more importantly, I want to be a part of the living, breathing, and fully alive body of Christ.
Church leadership bodies are forced to ask questions to which there is no easy solution: “How much time away is too much time away from the church to be able to serve in a leadership position?”
On May 16, the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Zubik v. Burwell, the challenge to the “Contraception Mandate” in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Although, perhaps it’s too much to say that the Court made much of a decision.
I find myself in the middle of a land I heard about for many years prior to our move: post-Christian Europe. Our family moved to Hannover, Germany, almost two years ago, and our experience of church has taken on challenging and nuanced approaches since then.
Church can come in many different forms. It may include a traditional building, it may not own a lick of property. It may have traditional worship services, it may have atypical gatherings in settings not often thought of as sacred.
God’s mission is all around, within, and ahead of human effort and perception. The missio Dei is not over there, but is here and now at all times.