Thursday, August 28, 2008

How to Make a Difficult Decision

Everything we do in the church must be rooted in the mystery of the incarnation. Christ is present and the Spirit is at work. How do you make a difficult decision? I felt led to write down some notes:

1) With a sense of discernment about God's will for us (this is more important than individual opinions)

2) With a sense of consensus building (this takes time, and does not necessarily mean that all will agree, but that we find a place where it is best to live together on the issue)

3) With a sense of deep respect for our differences (much church conflict is rooted in the assumption that others do, or should, see things like we do)

4) With a sense of "seasoning our speech with salt" (a phrase from Colossians, how we say something is just as important as what we say, we are called to speak the truth in love)

5) With a sense of trusting the process (the journey is often more important than the outcome)