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So. What do you think? We’ve had a month to reflect or recover from some pretty intense conversations. How have they steeped or percolated or faded away? What are you still carrying from our time together in Arizona?

Here are just a few of my own reflections:

  • Man, is it good to hear the things I’m constantly thinking about Church come out of other people’s mouths. My own thoughts – both frustration and celebration – were echoed and confirmed over and over again in our discussions. It’s good to know I’m not alone.
  • Something is moving and shifting in the Church of the Brethren. God is doing a new thing with us, and while I can’t quite see where it leads, I’m happy to get on board with what seem to be transformational ways of being together in new (or old) ways – less business and more fellowship, less formal structure and more incorporation of spontaneity.
  • I’m still a little lost about what it means to be a leader among such a shifting and scattered people. It was good to be together, but where do we go from here?
  • And, more specifically, I wish we’d gone into a bit more detail about the specifics for a Church of the Brethren minister – what ought to be required and expected and provided of and for them?

What do you think?