My confession? I like to preach. In fact, there are times like the last two Sundays where I feel like it’s part of what I was born to do. I love speaking the truth that God is present. I love, absolutely love, when I can speak about God’s unending, unconditional love for us.
Why is that so shocking of a confession, you may ask? Two of the areas that draw me the most are Quakerism and the emergent movement, and both raise serious questions about one person speaking for God. This is another layer of the confusion I’ve felt, and to be honest, this one has gone on longer than my struggle with what leadership is. What do I do with the fact that I enjoy preaching, that I find God leading and moving through me as I prepare and as I speak…when I also agree with Quakers that we all can and must hear and speak the voice of God, when I also agree with emergent folks who say that preaching continues to produce passive people?
One great thing is I have Quakers AND emerging folks reading my blog. So I’d like to ask some questions, and I honestly want to hear your response. I’m not fishing for affirmation (which, I confess, I WAS doing yesterday when I wrote that I had four faithful blog readers when I know it’s more). You don’t have to let me down easy. I honestly want to know the answers.
Question 1, more generic: As the world changes (however it changes) and as the church tries to re-capture the reality of every member on a mission, is there a place for preaching? If so, what is that place?
Question 2, more personal: For those of you who know me…I guess I’m looking for help in discerning my personal call. Am I personally holding preaching in too high a place? Given who God has made me to be, what’s the best way for me to be faithful to God’s call? Ought I cut back on preaching to give more time to helping others find their call in our body at NFC?
As always, I appreciate the times when this blogging thing builds relationships and community. I hope asking these questions publicly brings a deeper level of relationship. And, I hope it’s seen by SOME of you as putting my cards on the table and gambling (you know who you are…)