Rod White, pastor of Circle of Hope in Philadelphia, has an interesting post up on his blog about what he learned (and re-learned) at General Conference 2012. Much of his comments focus on leadership issues, especially the issue of honest, mutually constructive dialogue — an important point to consider, given that our denomination values “belonging to the community of faith.”
Here’s a snippet of Rod’s commentary:
I loved being with the Brethren in Christ at the recent, brief conference in Ontario, CA. We are full of creativity, wisdom and energy for mission! Stories from the congregations in the United States and Canada, as well as stories from around the world from Brethren in Christ World Missions and the Mennonite Central Committee were inspiring!
I am always inspired to go home and do the best I can to serve Jesus after the conference. That alone is worth the airfare. This time I also learned a lot about leading in two ways: 1) I got to meet many new, young leaders who are hungry to do well and to do well as the BIC. They are inventive and eager. Good traits. 2) The other way I learned about leading came from being led by my General Church Leaders and Board. They were having an instructive time of it, trying to navigate their way through the mess we are in as a denomination. I will have plenty more to think and say about the actual issues at hand. For now, I have a list of things I need to reaffirm for myself, and for others who are listening, about leading the church (or your cell, family, workgroup, community garden, etc.).
Read the whole post here.
The lively discussion in the Comments section exemplifies the importance of dialogue within the community of faith. Be sure to check that out, too.