Comings and Goings is a blog written by Theology, Worship and Education Director Charles B. "Chip" Hardwick as he travels throughout the church. God is on the move out and about in the world, working to redeem all things in Jesus Christ. As we join this mission, by the power of the Spirit we see God on the move. This blog contains glimpses of how Chip finds this to be true in his comings and goings.
In a time of declining resources for many churches and presbyteries and the Presbyterian Mission Agency, we often bemoan the lack of staff and finances in order to do the ministry that we once undertook. We forget that Peter does not say that God will pour out money upon all flesh. He does not say that God will pour out extra staff members upon all flesh. Peter reminds us that God will pour out the Spirit upon all flesh, so that people dream dreams and have visions.
Sabbaticals are one way for pastors to work on their discipleship. Day in and day out pastors are structuring lessons, writing sermons, and leading Bible studies thinking about how the Gospel speaks to those who will be listening to them. During a sabbatical, pastors can reconnect with what the Gospel says to them—they can rediscover how much Jesus loves them, and what it means to join his mission to the world.
In a recent blog post I wish that I had made more explicit my friend and colleague Rev. Sarah Sarchet Butter’s contributions to a conversation with faculty and staff from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and to the topic of expanding leadership training beyond seminaries through the non-profit management departments of business schools.