Who would Jesus vote for?

Conservative MP Wai Young claims the Conservative are acting ‘in the same vein’ as Jesus Christ with anti-terror bill, C-51.

This is a bold claim and not the first time the Conservative Party has laid claim to the Christian Faith and appealed to Christian voters. Which got me thinking, who would Jesus vote for?

voteThis is not an easy question to answer. Would Jesus vote for security? Would Jesus vote for better health care funding? Would Jesus vote for more social programs to care for the poor and the marginalized?

If we examine the underlying ideology (and not get mired in specific policies) that informs the various parties we should be able to make a valiant attempt to answering if Jesus would vote for a certain party.

First, let start with the governing party, the Conservative Party of Canada. The Conservatives are based on an ideology of low taxes, small government and personal choice. Stephen Harper has repeatedly said, parents know best their child care needs, so putting money back into parents pockets so they may choose the daycare options for them is a priority (and part of the underlying ideology that informs their policies).

The UCCB payments are all part of a greater neo-liberal ideological framework. While many will say it is a shameless vote buying mechanism, it also reflects the neo-liberal position of the Conservative Party; that personal choice takes priority over the collective use of resources.

The question we need to answer then is Jesus in favour of personal choice.

St Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 12:12-26 that we are all members of one body, the body of Christ, the church. This body metaphor is key to understanding the responsibilities we take on in baptism, namely to care for each other and that we are intrinsically linked.

Indeed, the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot were to say, ‘Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body’, that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear were to say, ‘Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body’, that would not make it any less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were hearing, where would the sense of smell be?

It is simply difficult to imagine a member of a body making a personal choice. The body works as a collective, united and whole. Personal choice comes to an end after one comes to God through Jesus Christ. At our baptism we enter into a covenant with God. God promises us salvation and eternal life in turn we are to teach all that Jesus taught, baptize new believers in the name of the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit: we are to feed the poor, clothe the naked, heal the sick, and in all things we are to be as Christ, offering ourselves to God and to the world.

The underlying Ideology of the Conservative Party of Canada and the underlying ideology of the Christian faith are obviously in direct opposition. Clearly Jesus would NOT vote Conservative.

Secondly lets look at the NDP. The NDP position of social welfare clearly lines up with the teaching of Christ, but does the underlying ideologies line up as well?

The NDP most closely reflects classic socialism, which lends itself to the body metaphor of St Paul as listed above quite well. Yet the question of universal daycare, or universal health care bring into question whether Jesus would vote for the NDP.

God’s justice has never been about universalities. Each are judged accordingly. That being said, the care for neighbour brings into mind the works of mercy taught by Christ.

So while the underlying ideology is not clearly in line with Christianity, it does offer some intriguing possibilities. And while universality is not a Christian ideology, universality does not necessarily work in opposition to Christian ideology. Would Jesus vote NDP? Possibly.

The third party is also very interesting. For instance the sliding scale for Canada Child Benefit from the Liberal platform reflects the fairness found in the teachings of Jesus Christ, and doesn’t promote universality.

The fairness distribution also allows for those that have more to help those that have less, clearly in line with St Paul’s teachings in 1 Corinthians and with the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 4:33-35).

Yet the third party also embraces some of the idea of universalism (which is its underlying ideology as it promotes universal rights and freedoms through the charter), while scripture speaks of each having different needs, Acts 4:33-35:

With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them, for as many as owned lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold. They laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need.

So would Jesus vote Liberal? Again, I think possibly.

We have looked at the three main parties, but it would be a disservice if we didn’t also look at the two other parties with seats in Parliament. The Green Party and The Bloc Quebecois.

First, the Green Party. The Greens’ focus on the environment and being good stewards of the earth is clearly reflected throughout scriptures and within the teachings of Jesus Christ. The economic platform is also guided by fairness, and not just fairness towards other humans, but to the planet.

The underlying ideology of the Green party places humanity and the planet as part of the same body; intrinsically linked. The question, as it pertains to Christianity is, “are we of this world?”

In our understanding of baptism, the answer is yes … and no. Marked, as Christ’s own, we become citizens of both the heavenly city and the earthly city. We exist in the here and now, but also at the end of time with God in eternity. So the body metaphor stretched to include the earth, of which we are commanded to be good stewards of, does not fully reflect the underlying principles and ideology of Christianity. Yet we cannot dismiss much of Christian Stewardship underlying the ideology of the Green Party.

So would Jesus vote Green? Again, I believe possibly.

And finally the Bloc Quebecois, a regionally based party existing solely for the purpose of advancing the cause of separation, or in Christian theo-political terms, advancing a schism.

St Paul is clear in 1 Corinthians that schism, division in the church, in the body, is a sin. The underlying ideology of separation goes directly against both the idea of dividing the body and the warnings against schisms.

In short, would Jesus vote for the Bloc Quebecois? NO

Holy bible and crossNow you may be asking yourself, why answering the question who Jesus would vote for or wouldn’t vote for? Simple. I am a Christian. As a Christian, my faith informs who I will vote for, who I will choose to represent me and my beliefs and values. I cannot separate my faith from my vote. It is who I am.

Knowing this, and knowing who most closely represents the Christian faith I espouse in their policies and underlying ideology is important for when I make my choice on October 19th. I, like many other Christians always serving my Lord and Saviour first and foremost, will cast a ballot. I pray that we all cast a ballot that reflects the kingdom of God and not kingdoms of this world.

June 2015 Issue of the Huron Church News

Within our social circles, we have a mix of relationships from very close friends to distant acquaintances.

Our closest relationships likely make up a close-knit group of friends and family who know us best. Acquaintances, on the other hand, are made up of a diverse group of people who can come from different contexts, such as work, school, neighbourhood, conferences, and old school friends.

In social graph theory, these two groups are referred to as “strong ties” and “weak ties”.

The people we spend the most time with are our strong ties. These connections are very familiar with our likes, dislikes, hobbies, clubs we belong to, and the church we attend. In fact, our strong ties likely share some of these things with us.

Weak ties, on the other hand, are people we spend less time with. They may be friends from work, neighbours, distant relatives, or friends from high school. We don’t see them as close friends, but weak ties are very powerful when it comes to social networking, online and off. These ties act as bridges between social groups and have been shown to be extremely influential when job hunting because they have access to a different pool of connections and information than we and our strong ties do.

The same benefit can be extended to the church — our weak ties hold the potential power to reach outside of our immediate social groups and reach newcomers, welcome new ideas, and evangelize.

Social media is the perfect way to stay connected with weak ties — that friend from high school or colleague from a previous employer. It’s also a great way to spread your church’s message across these powerful social bridges.

Every interaction with our church’s Facebook page or Twitter account is an opportunity to engage weak ties. A simple “like” that shows up in your newsfeed or activity tracker means that your friends, even the distant ones, see what your church or diocese is up to. If they “like” it too, it can spread exponentially.

This is why Facebook events for church picnics, barbecues and other events are so important. While you may never think to invite someone from the office to your parish barbecue, simply RSVPing through Facebook allows your weak ties to see that activity on your Facebook wall and may prompt a question or conversation.

As we prepare for summer and begin to think about the fall and Back to Church Sunday events throughout our diocese, give some time and energy to interacting with your church’s social media accounts. By doing so, we all can participate in reaching beyond our immediate membership to spread news, promote events and invite newcomers.

The newest member of your church is just waiting to learn about the exciting things happening in your parish. And that is all one click away.

Take some time this summer to engage with your church’s social media accounts. By doing so, come Back to Church Sunday, you may find yourself sitting beside your weak ties.

Genesis 18:1-15

The Lord appeared to Abraham by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the entrance of his tent in the heat of the day. He looked up and saw three men standing near him. When he saw them, he ran from the tent entrance to meet them, and bowed down to the ground. He said,‘My lord, if I find favour with you, do not pass by your servant. Let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree. Let me bring a little bread, that you may refresh yourselves, and after that you may pass on—since you have come to your servant.’ So they said, ‘Do as you have said.’ And Abraham hastened into the tent to Sarah, and said, ‘Make ready quickly three measures of choice flour, knead it, and make cakes.’ Abraham ran to the herd, and took a calf, tender and good, and gave it to the servant, who hastened to prepare it. Then he took curds and milk and the calf that he had prepared, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree while they ate.

They said to him, ‘Where is your wife Sarah?’ And he said, ‘There, in the tent.’ Then one said, ‘I will surely return to you in due season, and your wife Sarah shall have a son.’ And Sarah was listening at the tent entrance behind him. Now Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in age; it had ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women. So Sarah laughed to herself, saying, ‘After I have grown old, and my husband is old, shall I have pleasure?’ The Lord said to Abraham,‘Why did Sarah laugh, and say, “Shall I indeed bear a child, now that I am old?” Is anything too wonderful for the Lord? At the set time I will return to you, in due season, and Sarah shall have a son.’ But Sarah denied, saying, ‘I did not laugh’; for she was afraid. He said, ‘Oh yes, you did laugh.’

HospitalityHospitality. Abraham makes room for his three guests who come to his tent, whether travelling from afar of simply appearing as they walk up to Abraham’s tent. We are not sure if the three guest were angels, God himself, perhaps in the form of the Trinity. Although this is all just sheer speculation and anachronistically reading Christian theology back into a Jewish texts.

What is of note in this passage is the act of hospitality. Abraham does not hesitate to offer his home and his best food for guest he knows not. Abraham does not know if these strangers who have appeared by his tent are important. He does not know if they are from another tribe, or perhaps includes princes or kings. Abraham simply offers hospitality to those that have come to him. He welcomes them into his home.

This is a powerful message. The early church would take this passage as significant in how we are to welcome strangers. And it will inform generations of hospitality providers in the church. Yet, that is getting very ahead of ourselves I think. In the course of the narrative that is unfolding on the pages in front of us and what we have read, Abraham is beginning to demonstrate the faith for which he will become famous.

It must have been an incredible act of faith to practice this kind of radical hospitality. No names, no introductions. Simply, here is my home, here is my food, you are welcome to share. And in the sharing Abraham and Sarah receive a message. That they will be rewarded for their faith and hospitality. They will have a son for nothing is impossible with God.

What would it look like if in Christian nations, blessed with such abundance, we were to share with the rest of the world and offer this kind of radical hospitality, and to develop and hold the same faith as Abraham: that in offering hospitality to strangers we too would be blessed by God?

Perhaps the thought makes you laugh as Sarah…

May Issue of the Huron Church News

When evaluating web and social media solutions, the best place to start is with the question, “What is your desired outcome”? It can be tempting to jump on the bandwagon of the next big thing or stick to what we already know, but it is important to first identify your goals and pick a platform or technology that will get you there. Otherwise, you may find yourself fitting a square peg into a round hole and your outreach attempts may be less effective than they could be.

For example, Facebook is one of the most popular platforms across generations today. Most churches recognize that Facebook is a useful tool for evangelism, content discovery, and communication. But even Facebook offers different ways for organizations to communicate.

The Facebook group is designed specifically for internal communication, while the fan page is designed with external communication — evangelism — in mind.

Both of the tools can be a great resource to any parish, but they have different features and applications.

A group is useful for internal communication and can be a great tool for a parish council or committee in a church to collaborate and share information outside of regular meetings. A group can provide a shared history of discussions and notes for new members, and can allow people to connect who may otherwise have difficulty meeting outside of Sunday mornings. But Facebook groups do not reach outward as only members can get updates and they can require active monitoring to keep up on a given discussion.

Fan pages, on the other hand, behave much like personal accounts. People need only “like” the page to join and they will see updates in their Facebook news feed. Friends of friends are also able to see these posts when someone comments or interacts with a post. Instead of reaching only the members of a small group, fan page posts can reach exponentially more people than a group.

Fan pages also offer two very distinct evangelistic properties for any church wanting to reach out with the Gospel message: analytics and advertisement.

Once a fan page reaches 30 likes, analytics are available to the fan page owner. Churches can see who is interacting with their posts and what content has the best and most favourable reach and can make decisions about how to tailor their message for maximum effect.

I can’t stress the importance of analytics enough. Knowing the demographics of your audience allows you to tailor your message to either have a greater impact on your current readership or shift focus to engage with a different target audience.

Advertisements are also available through fan pages. By creating an ad to promote a post or event, you can target a particular city or postal code with upcoming events or Christmas or Easter worship schedules. Or you can get even more specific with demographic targeting, such as letting young families know about your upcoming Messy Church event.

A small budget of $6 to $10 can have a profound effect on reaching seekers, especially in the holy seasons of Christmas and Easter, and help grow your congregation.

Facebook is only one example of all the platforms available, and fan pages vs. groups is but one decision to make. But starting with the answer to “What is your desired outcome?” will lead your community to finding the most effective tools to achieve their goals.

HCN May 2015

April Issue of the Huron Church News

Being a good steward of the resources entrusted to us in the church means stretching every dollar and often making do with used or old equipment and software.

Many of our churches are still using old computer towers, Windows XP and Microsoft Office 2003 or earlier. Often files sent to a church cannot be opened due to incompatibility issues from outdated software.

Formatting of the document can change when attempting to convert the file to older versions of the program and can cause large headaches and much hair-pulling.

Thankfully, there are solutions even for churches stretching the office administration budget. Open Office (www.openoffice.org) offers software for free that can open most documents.

Open Office allows for basic word processing and is a good, quick solution when you are stuck not being able to open a certain file.

But if you are looking for some serious upgrades to your software in your church, then signing up to TechSoup (www.techsoupcanada.ca) should be your next step. TechSoup offers discounted and free software to non-profits and charities.

Many companies, such as Microsoft, Intuit, and Google, have software available through TechSoup to help empower the not-for-profit sector.

Each company sets its own eligibility guidelines, some of which exclude religious organizations. But don’t be discouraged. Great deals and opportunities for churches are still available.

Microsoft Office, Intuit Quickbooks, Google Business Suite for non-profits, and a Google Adwords grant of up to $10,000 are all available to faith-based organizations that meet the eligibility criteria.

To sign up to TechSoup, you will need your Canada Revenue Agency number and your estimated budget for the coming year.

After a background check that takes about 24 hours, your account will be activated and you will have access to a library of free or low-cost programs and software.

Updating your church’s computer can seem daunting and expensive. But thanks to socially-minded companies and portals like TechSoup, affordable and up-to-date software is just a click away.

AprilHCN

March Issue of the Huron Church News

Your website is the first experience many newcomers and seekers have with your church. Before setting foot in the door, before the greeters offer a warm welcome, and before the hospitality of coffee hour, your website has already made that critical first impression.

Digital presence is increasingly the first point of contact and of evangelism.

A website is an essential communication tool. It is no longer a luxury to have a website; it is a requirement to reach seekers and potential newcomers, and it can help retain connection with your occasional members.

Not every church can afford a website created from scratch or has the technical skills within the community to build it themselves.

Fortunately, there are some simple, free or low-cost solutions that can get you up and running in no time. These online services will host your site, removing all the back-end technical work, and most of them offer professionally designed and developed templates for the design and layout of your sites.

My suggestion is to avoid drag-and-drop solutions and instead find a template that you like and rely on the business, design and development skills that professionals have put into it. Unless you are a professional designer, use a template.

Some websites that offer these services include Weebly.com, Wix.com and WordPress.com.

Each has their pros and cons. I prefer WordPress because of its extensibility, support, and freedom to change hosting, but the learning curve can be challenging for some. Weebly or Wix may be preferred options for smaller communities or for those just getting their toes wet.

All of these providers offer free hosting at their domain. While this might seem easy, it is in your best interest to register your own domain name and connect it with your new website — a feature all of the
above services support.

Not only does a hosted domain look unprofessional, but also it means that if you ever change hosting providers, your address changes, too. Every link that points to your site will break, all the search engine history you have built up will be lost, and every bookmark to your site will be broken.

Using your own domain is a relatively inexpensive option — around $15 a year — and instead of the long stswithins.wordpress.com, you can invest in stswithins.com. Then when you are ready to upgrade to a new site you don’t need to change your address again.

Next, you need to develop your content. When building your site, think about the three main audiences: newcomers, seekers and existing parishioners.

All three of these audiences will visit your site, so consider how your content speaks to each of them and make sure they can find what they are looking for.

Getting your church online can seem scary. But there are many tools that can help each church have a professionally designed and developed website at a low cost.

A little time and effort can go a long way into reaching out with the love of God to newcomers and seekers alike.

MarchHCN

First Article in the Huron Church News

Facebook: a place for friends, families, colleagues, and acquaintances to connect over cats, babies, news, events, announcements, politics, videos, brands, and communities. Facebook is a means of communication, connection, and organization across generations and demographics.

And Facebook presents an exciting opportunity for the Diocese of Huron to connect in all these ways and more with people from across the diocese and to spread the Gospel message.

The Diocese of Huron’s new Facebook page promotes events and communities of diocesan interest and creates a dialogue about who the church is, who we have been, and who we are becoming as the people of God. The step into Facebook is one in a series of efforts by the diocese to engage with people both in our churches and in our neighbourhoods. As the diocese continues to renew its communication patterns, it is important to be in the places where our message, Christ’s message, can be received.

In many ways, social media is the new agora of ancient times, the meeting place where individuals discuss daily events and share their faith. It is critical for the Diocese of Huron to be involved in these conversations and to proclaim the word of
God.

Stop by and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dioceseofhuron and keep up to date on news, events, and thought-provoking discussions of interest throughout our great diocese.

HuronChurchNewsFeb2015

Chiastic Structure of the Gospel of Mark

A Chiastic Literary Structure is part of Jewish writing and is designed specifically to point to the important components or the center of the text. Each component has a mirror component. So as seen below, A and A’ are mirrored, Jonh points to Jesus and the young man points to Jesus at the end of the Gospel text.

Following the Chiastic Structure in Mark, the passion prediction becomes the epicenter of the Gospel. I find this particularly interesting especially in light of the shorter ending of Mark where the “women flee and say nothing.”

The Gospel of Mark is a literary challenge. Have you the faith to go to ahead to Galilee. Have the faith to believe in the words of Christ, that the Son of Man must suffer and die before he is to be raised from the dead and ascend into heaven. Have you the faith to believe in the resurrection? The text for me is symbolic of the faith that is required of each Christian. It stands in place of Thomas. Can you believe without seeing?

A Beginning – John points to Jesus 1:4-8
B Jesus’ baptism – The splitting of the heavens, “You are my son,” 1:9-11
C Jesus is tested in the wilderness 1:12-13
D The parable of the sower 4:1-9
E Raising of the young girl 5:21-43
F The death of John the Baptist 6:14-29
G Stilling of the second storm (exorcism of the deep) 6:45-52
H Peter’s confession 8:27-30
I – Jesus’ first passion prediction 8:31-33
H’ Transfiguration 9:2-10
G’ Exorcism of possessed boy 9:14-29
F’ Appearance of the rich (young) man 10:17-22
E’ Raising of the young man in Secret Mark (followed Mark 10:34)
D’ Parable of the vineyard 12:1-11
C’ Jesus is tested in the temple 12:13-27
B’ Jesus dies, the temple veil is split “Truly this was God’s son.” 15:33-39
A’ The “post-runner” the young man, points to Jesus 16:1-8

Genesis 17

When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said to him, ‘I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless. And I will make my covenant between me and you, and will make you exceedingly numerous.’ Then Abram fell on his face; and God said to him, ‘As for me, this is my covenant with you: You shall be the ancestor of a multitude of nations. No longer shall your name be Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you the ancestor of a multitude of nations. I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you. I will establish my covenant between me and you, and your offspring after you throughout their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you. And I will give to you, and to your offspring after you, the land where you are now an alien, all the land of Canaan, for a perpetual holding; and I will be their God.’

God said to Abraham, ‘As for you, you shall keep my covenant, you and your offspring after you throughout their generations. This is my covenant, which you shall keep, between me and you and your offspring after you: Every male among you shall be circumcised. You shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskins, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and you. Throughout your generations every male among you shall be circumcised when he is eight days old, including the slave born in your house and the one bought with your money from any foreigner who is not of your offspring. Both the slave born in your house and the one bought with your money must be circumcised. So shall my covenant be in your flesh an everlasting covenant. Any uncircumcised male who is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin shall be cut off from his people; he has broken my covenant.’

God said to Abraham, ‘As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. I will bless her, and moreover I will give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she shall give rise to nations; kings of peoples shall come from her.’ Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed, and said to himself, ‘Can a child be born to a man who is a hundred years old? Can Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?’ And Abraham said to God, ‘O that Ishmael might live in your sight!’ God said, ‘No, but your wife Sarah shall bear you a son, and you shall name him Isaac. I will establish my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his offspring after him. As for Ishmael, I have heard you; I will bless him and make him fruitful and exceedingly numerous; he shall be the father of twelve princes, and I will make him a great nation. But my covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah shall bear to you at this season next year.’ And when he had finished talking with him, God went up from Abraham.

Then Abraham took his son Ishmael and all the slaves born in his house or bought with his money, every male among the men of Abraham’s house, and he circumcised the flesh of their foreskins that very day, as God had said to him. Abraham was ninety-nine years old when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin. And his son Ishmael was thirteen years old when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin. That very day Abraham and his son Ishmael were circumcised; and all the men of his house, slaves born in the house and those bought with money from a foreigner, were circumcised with him.

The sign of the covenant between God and Abram, now to be known as Abraham, is circumcision. God appears to Abraham, promises an everlasting covenant with Abraham and all of his descendants. Isaac, a son, to be born of Sarah and Abraham will inherit the covenant.

To Abraham and Isaac and their descendants God gives them the land of Canaan. In exchange, Abraham and his descendants are to worship God. And the sign of this covenant is circumcision of all males in Abraham’s household.

This sign forever marks the Jewish people as alien, or other. They are being set apart by God from the rest of creation. God has chosen his people with who he makes a covenant. And this status as “other” is reinforced when the land promised to Abraham is none other then Canaan, the land in which Abraham currently is an alien.

This foundational story of the people of God cannot be understated in anyway. To be marked by God, set apart for God and chosen by God comes with benefits to be sure, new land, which will be theirs in perpetuity. But it also comes with consequences. Abraham’s people will now be other, set aside, set apart, different and alien in a world where cultural differences can lead to war and violence very quickly.

closing-the-dealIn Genesis to this point, God had made a covenant with Noah, to never again destroy the earth and all who live within. But now God has singled out a people who God has chosen. Abraham jumps at the opportunity, and who wouldn’t? Large amounts of land to be his and his descendants in perpetuity? Sounds like a great deal. Worship God, mark themselves as God and God will make his descendants as numerous as the stars in heaven and from Sarah will come nations.

Would you make that deal? Would you set yourself up as “other” in perpetuity?

Parallels

Fanshawe College is one of the largest colleges in Ontario, with satellite campuses in towns surrounding London and a campus in Downtown London, all of this in addition to the large main campus on Oxford Street in the east end. It is a major player in education in London and frankly, all of South Western Ontario. It receives millions in funding from the Provincial Government and contributes hundreds of millions of dollars to the local economy.

FanshawelogoFanshawe was the latest stop for Leadership London and the team of leaders who are training in the TOL methodology. Your Rogue Preacher and the rest of the team descended on Fanshawe College for a meeting with the President of the college, Peter Devlin to discuss leadership, what qualities make for a good leader and how to nurture those qualities. We toured the campus, got a behind the scenes look at the functioning of the college and were presented with a problem that the team would work through and present a solution, or possible solutions to Fanshawe College.

Without getting into specifics of the problem, it was very interesting for me to note that a college as large as Fanshawe, with a robust marketing team and state of the art technology still, like any other institution, had problems on how to isolate a specific demographic and attract the aforementioned demographic.

This perennial problem of Fanshawe reminded me of the church and the church’s perennial problem of attracting, retaining and connecting with millennials. The parallels were striking to say the least. And as the team worked through the OODA loop and processed the problem, possible solutions slowly began to crystalize. It was refreshing to see and experience.

I began to wonder, what could a team of leaders accomplish in the Diocese or the greater church if they were giving an opportunity to help shift the culture and establish new patterns. I began to wonder how the church can adapt to the culture around us and how the culture around us could adapt to us? I began to wonder what the vision of the future may be?

In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men dream dreams. Acts 2:17