What Are We Finding?
Go and measure the temple of God and the altar and those who worship there.
The “temple of God,” that’s us. Or so Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 3:16 when he writes to the church and asks, “Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?” Therefore the church of Jesus Christ is God’s temple, and in Revelation 11 we find this call to measure.
Of course, this is the process we are undertaking in these months of self-study, of reflection upon our history, of working to envision who and what God is calling us to be. It’s only appropriate, then, to ask “What are we finding so far?” And the answer is: good things!
This past Sunday our “measuring” journey began with our Full Sails on Sunset event. We started with worship, and well over half of those assembled then gathered in Janes Hall – for a very encouraging time together. We asked about best experiences, and core values PPPC has hung onto through the years, and heard many stories – especially about the power of a welcoming community embodying the presence of Christ in times of need. But perhaps what we heard most of all was people’s delight in the very positive atmosphere that pervaded that time together.
(Be watching for a more detailed report on that event when we have time to work through and synthesize all the information gleaned.)
But now what’s next? We will be continuing to measure: climate, culture, passions for ministry, readiness for change and so on…using the Congregational Assessment Tool (CAT) developed by Holy Cow! Consulting. An e-mailed link to this survey will be going out early next week. We ask that you look carefully for it, and complete it as soon as possible (and in all cases by November 1) so we can get the best possible read on some critical aspects of the life of our church.
God has called us to measure: that we may rightly value, and care for, and nurture the life of the community in which he chooses to dwell. We’re grateful that he chooses to dwell so richly in our midst. And we ask your help as we seek to position ourselves well for the future God has in mind. To this end, as you, I seek to continue…
In His Service,