On Monday Austin Seminary said good bye to the Reverend John Evans with a gala event that produced tears, memories, and beautiful conversations. This institution will not be the same without him.
One such conversation was between Dr. David White and I. I shared with him my plans after graduation and mentioned the Pentecost post. He listened and said something to me that went something like this, “There is this church in DC that began to rethink its identity as a church. They asked themselves, have we served our purpose as a church? If so, how can we die and prepare the way for something new?”
Marvelous thought! Perhaps we are asking the wrong question as a church. Are we assessing our purpose as a church? If so, have we fulfilled our purpose or are we just hanging on? Why are we hanging on? What are we hanging on too?
I have said in the past that we are so afraid of dying that we are dead. What do we have to fear? In life and in death we are Christ’s. Do we really believe this? Has the denomination become an idol? I wonder…
We proclaim that we are a Reformed Church always Reforming. Well than, where is the reforming? Is it time to set the ground for something new? If so, then how do we till the soil and plant the seeds for new life as a church? If not, then how do we focus upon our mission, our purpose? In this we must understand our purpose and all work towards it. This is where I think we have staled on “issues.”
We are in a season of change. We are looking for a new moderator to inspire and lead us to change. Whoever is called to guide us as a denomination, we will all have to work together. I pray it stops being about power and the dominate conversation turns to soil and seed. In this we can only watch as the vineyard grows and wait to be called to harvest.