In a recent study of pastors able to turn congregations around it was noted that there was a common denominator in many of the redevelopment pastors. The common denominator had nothing to do with seminary training, grades, books studied or anything else. It had little to do with eloquence or their type on a personality test. The common denominator was that most pastors able to truly transform a ministry had been through some type of life changing trauma -- a divorce, the death of a spouse or child, a serious illness, or some other time of suffering.
Thomas Willadsen Mary Austin Christopher Keating Dean Feldmeyer Ron Love George Reed Bethany Peerbolte
For January 20, 2018:
God Activates by Tom Willadsen — Perhaps God wants us to delight in each other and in the magnitude and depth of divine love. Perhaps the Lord wants to activate our gifts of the Spirit, to use them for the common good.
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus. Isaiah celebrates our intimate union with our creator, describing us as the joyful bride of God. Though there had been alienation and rejection from both sides in the past, the prophet describes us as God’s delight. That connection is also emphasized in Paul’s oddly graphic description of church folks as body parts — we need each other because we are not a living, breathing body if we are somehow separated.
When Jesus visited a wedding at Cana in Galilee, he showed that human disappointments matter to him and that he would be prepared to redeem them. This is a story about a young girl's bitter disappointment when she became a bridesmaid.