The Assembly continues in Columbus today, though I’m back home in Greensboro. Before leaving yesterday morning, I attended a very helpful workshop on ministry with children and families, which gave me lots to think about. One of the things the panelists suggested was that we need to be moving toward intergenerational models of ministry, rather than segregating people by age group. I think First Christian already does this well in a lot of ways, and I’ll be thinking about ways we can do better. Another compelling suggestion from that workshop was that we focus on practice, not programs. For families, children, and youth who are already over-programmed, how can we help them develop faith practices that make a difference in their lives?
Over the lunch hour yesterday, I attended a luncheon for alums and friends of the Disciples Divinity House at the University of Chicago. I saw our new intern for next year, who will begin Greensboro in a couple of weeks!
One business item of note yesterday was the “report of the time and place committee.” Usually, this report is received by the assembly to set the date and location for the General Assembly four years from now. This time, though, the church recognized that it’s time to reevaluate how these assemblies are held, and consider whether there might be a better way to do it. So, no date or time has been set, and the administrative committee will look into a variety of options.
I’ll be interested to see how that plays out, and what the gathered church will look like in another few years. In the meantime, though, plans are underway for the next General Assembly, to be held in Indianapolis in July, 2017. Anybody want to join me?
– Lee Hull Moses