C is for ... The Mediocre Commission

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Who IS the church?

It seems to me, from looking a bios, that the Connectional Table and the IOT are both made up in large part of members or pastors of very large churches. Those people appear to be quite contemptuous of pastors of small member churches, particularly those in old cities with declining populations and lost industrial bases. The pastors and churches that remain in these cities, at least the ones holding the line, are the true Wesleys of this generation. They accept and work both with and for the poor, the dispossessed, the peculiar, the grubby, the products of declining schools and ugly street cultures. IN aging buildings, they are creative about renting, renovating, and opening their churches to the TRUE needs of the community, not those projected upon them by a distant structure.

They preach a gospel of love and acceptance, of asking what is needed before they plan for the people they serve. Every day they reach out and learn new things, new needs, new ways that people think and relate to God.

That is where the church is, that is where Wesley is, that is where Jesus is.

Anne Ewing more than 5 years ago

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