I am at the age where in order to see clearly, I need ever-stronger corrective lenses for my eyes. It all started during my 5 years at seminary; 8 hours a day of computer work/reading, plus the eyestrain from commuting between home and seminary (imagine driving past O'Hare Airport 8 times a week during rush hour!) caused a drastic decrease in my eyesight. It has been two years since my last change in corrective lenses--I can tell that it is time for a trip to the optometrist!
Just as navigating through everyday life requires decent eyesight, discerning where God is calling a faith community requires focus. At the top of my 'to-do' list when I accepted my appointment here was to help the congregation discern where God is leading SUMC post-pandemic and beyond as the hands and feet of Christ in the community and world. Like a visit to the optometrist, I felt that it was time for church leadership and I to get some guidance on how to sharpen our focus.
Last Tuesday, consultant Bill Lewis met with 11 SUMC staff and leaders to start sharpening our focus on where God is leading us. We discussed where we have been (our history and traditions), where we are currently, and where we would like to go. A mere two hour meeting revealed that SUMC has great traditions, amazing physical assets, and numerous gifts and talents to live out where God is calling us.
Like sitting in the optometrist chair and looking at the chart on the wall as the doctor switches out lenses, the leadership of SUMC will continue the process of sharpening our focus--discerning our vision as the missional church--until we have a clear pathway forward. Stay tuned!