For the last couple weeks, our Willow programming team has been talking about our deepest values. Bill encouraged us to really dig down and ask the question: “What do I believe SO deeply, that if it were not so, I would have to quit?” Great question! After much thought, here’s what I’m bringing to today’s discussion…
Courage. The number one thing I’ve admired about Willow over the years is their courage to try new things and blaze new trails in the name of Christ. Out of love for God and people – not just for innovation’s sake – Willow has consistently followed God into the huge risks that bring the Kingdom in huge ways. I would quit if we ever lost this revolutionary spirit. I would quit if we ever let the mindset of “pleasing our consumers” hijack our invitation to join God’s messy, risky Movement of Redemption. I’d quit if we ever got safe.
Outward. The potential amount of good that Willow could do on planet earth is staggering. What if Celebration of Hope is just the tip of the iceberg? I would quit if we ever became more about building an institution than serving the world.
Bigger Stream. Related to “outward,” I’m excited to invite our community into a bigger movement of transformation, service, and community. Weekend services are important, but only as one tributary flowing into a bigger river. (Of all the “one another” verses in scripture, only a few of them happen well in a service.) How are we helping our community become Church in the widest possible sense? I would quit if we never found that bigger calling, but settled for merely creating services to fill seats.
What about those of you who are a part of a church…Do these connect with you? What else would you add?