Chris Gonzalez, a friend of mine, and college pastor in Arizona, has a good post about Community Killers. I haven’t thought too much on that topic Chris, but I like what you have to say.
I will be thinking about these things when I am with my group.
I think that one of the best things for our community, and what has really made it thrive is not only the honesty and vulnerability that I think the college community brings to the places they are a part of…..but somehow being able to thread the line between overplanning, and chaos. What do I mean by that? I think that as a college community we do a good job of being organized, efficient, thinking and planning for short and long term….but we have also somehow avoided overplanning every little detail during our Wednesday night services, retreats, socials, etc…..A little chaos on the fringes has been healthy for us in developing leadership, maintaining creativity, authenticity, and making sure that the Holy Spirit has a place in our worship, rather than our dictating and controlling of every little minute. And trust me, I don’t think it is really anything that we do ourselves, or can take responsibility for. We do what we can, and we leave the rest in God’s hands…..that seems to work out well 🙂
Sorry…just had to get that off my chest.
Wondering about that space between planning and spontaneity in Christian community and worship. Anyone else wrestle with this?