by Mary Frances, FaithX Senior Consultant
What Comes Next
Here and there in the world
and now and then in ourselves is a New Creation,
usually hidden, but sometimes manifest,
and certainly manifest in Jesus who is called the Christ.”
Paradigm: a typical example of something or model
The Oxford Dictionary
These are certainly some strange times we are living in. I admit that on some days I wake up and think to myself, “I can’t believe we are living through this.” And it gets worse by the day. Six weeks ago the clergy who I coach were busy trying to figure out how to do online worship. Today those same people are trying to figure out how to lead an online funeral or how to console the weary and grieving in their community from afar. These are awful times, indeed. Yet in the dark there is light, in the storm there is quiet and in crisis, opportunity. So, what comes next?
For decades the Church has been in decline and while there have been many who claimed to know how to reverse that trend, change has come hard for the Church. Since the Church is at its core a gathering of human beings and human beings are inherently resistant to change, righting the ship has been more than difficult. We haven’t known how to connect with our communities, we haven’t known how to innovate and bring people along with us, and we have often been more interested in the days gone by than the days yet to come.
Cue the Covid-19 pandemic.[Read more…]