Thursday, January 21, 2010

Why Join a Church? Annual Meetings!

Last night MCC held it's Annual Meeting. If your are around Southern California this week you know what kind of night it was: cold and miserable. It's been raining biblical amounts since Monday and shows no signs of letting up. But about 50+ members and friends gathered in the sanctuary after a brief dessert in the narthex. In 29 years of ministry I have gone through 29 Annual Meetings; some better than others, some organized, some chaotic, some contentious and some celebratory. But they were all one thing: real!
The people who gathered last night were the ones who carry the load, follow through with commitments, arrive early to set up and stay till things are put away. These are the ones who "get" body life and what it takes to sustain a diverse community over the long haul. These are also the ones who ask the tough questions and feel free to disagree with each other, vote, then pray with each other and leave as friends. These are not consumers but producers. These are the ones who hold me accountable and love me simultaneously.
While I love blogging, facebooking and spending time on the web, this is not "The Church of Facebook" described by author Jesse Rice. These are called brothers and sisters in it together for the long haul. And the cool thing is that it can be found, seen and experienced in an Annual Meeting. What fun!


At 6:22 PM , Blogger young Owen said...

Amen, and amen.


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