Challenges and Assets!
January 30, 2020, 4:05 PM

As you know, we are coming up short between expected need and projected income, by a not inconsiderable amount. This is not a reason for despair!  We have assets we can tap. We have engaged leadership.  We have options.

Here's the thing:  we also have challenges. After tapping our resources, if we have not identified additional resources, or increased our membership and giving, in a couple-three years, we will be back at this point again, but this time without assets at hand to tap.  So now is the time to sit up and take notice; now is the time to ask in our hearts what God wants of us; now is the time to step up and step out - now, while we have time to consider all the options; now, while we have the time to figure out what we are called to do; now, while we are here.  We have received a wake-up call, and there is still time to respond in a healthy way to the situation. 

The best way to respond to challenges is to respond together.  The diocese, under its new leadership, is all about leadership development - it's about giving the lay members of our churches the intellectual and discernment resources to work together to figure out how we are going to fare into the future, by whatever road we can locate or even build.

Churches across the country are losing long-term members every day.  Churches across the country are running through their endowments.  Churches across the country are increasingly doing without full-time
clergy. Churches across the country close every day. This is scary stuff.  And the future is indeed cloudy.

That’s why we will need to work together, and all become engaged in the discussions and discernment for our future at Christ Church in Madison Indiana.  We need everyone's ideas, dreams, hopes.  We need to know what those are.  We need to know what we are really good at, what is our niche.  Given our size, we are not going to be able to be all things to all people, like larger congregations here or in the cities.  We are small, yet let’s not forget that we love our church, we love our liturgy and our music and, most importantly, we love one another.  These, too, are assets.

Let's use them!  No one should feel they have nothing to say, nothing to offer, and nothing to do.  We are all involved, we are all valued, we are all loved, and we are all needed.

May God continue to bless our church,
In Christ’s name. Amen.