MorningWalk by Tom Ehrich
Talking Shop March 7, 2011
I had a wonderful few hours last week with a pastor from Connecticut. He came into New York, and we just talked in my office about helping his congregation move forward with confidence and sound strategy. It was wonderful to be with someone whose mind was open and imagination on fire.
If you happen to be coming through New York and want to “talk shop,” I'd be happy to set aside some time for that. I learn so much when I talk with church leaders, and I am delighted to share what I have.
That applies both to clergy and lay leaders. We each have our roles in congregations, and they all matter. We're in this together.
FAITH Q & A
Q: Why aren't we all seeking a relationship with the Christ, because knowing that without God, we can't sustain any meaning in LIFE?
A: People come to God at different times in their lives, at different speeds, and for different reasons. The First Beatitude – “Blessed are those who know their need of God” – seems to play a part. So does a certain desperation. Other things, maybe even false gods, haven't worked. Now they are willing to approach God. It happens when it happens, and God seems content to let us work it out as best we can.