January 15, 2010

facing change with hope

I don't typically get too excited about conferences. But I'm looking forward to one next month. Dr. Mark Lau Branson from Fuller, among others, will be in San Diego for two days to discuss in great part the content of Mark's book, Memories, Hopes, and Conversations: Appreciative Inquiry and Congregational Change. I've had the privilege of meeting Mark on a few occasions, and he seems like a great guy.

This is a subject that is a reality here at First Pres'. Change is coming and has come. We haven't always liked it. Change can be hard and is often laced with negativity and criticism. But change has been and will be inevitable. We'd be wise to learn how to face it with eyes able to search for where God is at work within it so that we might celebrate those things. That won't always be the case. God may seem absent in some changes. But we can always grow in our ability to discern this. I'm hopeful that this event will give those of us that can attend some helpful tools to bring back to everyone else here.

Posted via email from jason evans

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