I'm reading A New Kind of Christianity by Brian McLaren. In the section entitled What Do We Do About the Church? Brian makes the following comments: The church, then, in Paul's mind, must be above all a school of love. ... It's goal is not simply to pump knowledge into people, but to train them in the "way of love," so they may do the "work of the Lord," empowered by the Holy Spirit, as the embodiment of Christ. . . . not simply a community where you learn or learn about, but where you learn to. Not simply a place where you hear lectures and amass information, but a community where you see living examples of Christlikeness and experience inner formation. . . . to create a new future . . . a school of love - which means a school of listening, dialogue, appreciative inquiry, understanding, preemptive peacemaking, reconciliation, nonviolence, prophetic confrontation, advocacy, generosity, and personal and social transformation. (pp. 170-171)
Wow. I want my kids to go to a school like that. And I want to work in a school like that. I'm beyond thinking of these concepts as relating to a church or a denomination. I want to live and work in a world that is like this all the time.
My ministry right now is at school. It is hard to be away from all the wonderful people at our former church home and it feels like the right thing for our family, right now. I don't know where this will lead but I do know that I feel like my job is to continue to grow Cornerstone into the school that Brian talks about above. We have a good start and there are many people there who are living Christ-like lives. Let's take it along this path in 2010.