In a prior Generosity Gem, as we unpacked the results of our survey, we posed the following key question… Moving forward, is it the desire of church leadership to simply settle back into the past ways of doing things? Or is church leadership inspired to strive for a “new normal”. A new normal that fully embraces technology as a tool for expanding the reach of the congregation. A new normal that builds on the love and care experienced in new relationships formed over the past several months.
For congregations preparing for the “new normal”, I offer these words of inspiration from John O’Donohue, taken from his blessing “For A New Beginning”:
Though your destination is not yet clear
You can trust the promise of the opening;
Unfurl yourself into the grace of beginning
That is one with your life’s desire.
Awaken your spirit to adventure;
Hold nothing back, learn to find ease in risk;
Soon you will be home in a new rhythm,
For your soul senses the world that awaits you.
Fred Stoltz, Sr. Program Director
The James Company