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.
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After a four-flight, 26 hour, 14-time-zone-crossing journey from Busan, Korea, to Montreat Conference Center in North Carolina last week, I spent 48 hours last week working as part of the leadership team for next summer’s Montreat Youth Conferences. I am so excited to be preaching there for the first week next summer, and the purpose of this gathering was to build community and to plan for what is to come. The “Montreat Machine” has been doing these things very effectively for a long time, so I was the beneficiary of a lot of amazing collective wisdom.
Perhaps proving the old Presbyterian adage that you can’t get to heaven without crossing through Montreat, I ran into a friend of mine from seminary who happened to be at Montreat at the same time as me. He pastors a church at a nearby presbytery, and told me about a recent conversation at their presbytery about whether or not the purpose of the “General Assembly” is to help churches to thrive.