First Christian Church of Bremerton
Disciples of Christ
811 Veneta Ave, Bremerton, WA 98337, (360) 373-2444
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The Preacher's Post: a sense of our assembly

     I won’t deny it – in spite of an uncomfortable flight back to the Midwest, and what will be uncomfortably high and humid temperatures there, I’m really looking forward to attending the General Assembly in July. Now, some of you already know that I’ll be catching up with friends and colleagues from around the denomination, but it’s more than that, too. There’s something special about being one of thousands of people, called into one place to be the wider body of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Between worship, learning opportunities, fellowship, and even the business of the denomination, I always return from Assembly  energized for discipleship!
     With that said, anytime you get that many people in a room you’re going to have a variety of opinions – and they won’t always align. Some of the most interesting action at a general assembly – and potentially divisive – take place during the business sessions when we consider “Sense-of-the-Assembly” resolutions. The name literally says it all: they’re a sense of the voting delegates gathered at that specific assembly on a matter of moral, ethical, or religious importance. While they range from the politically charged, such as a response to the Iraq war, to generally agreeable, such as reaffirming our commitments to plant 1,000 new churches and revitalize 1,000 existing congregations, these resolutions tell us something about the people who came together for that Assembly.
     Acknowledging the possibilities for disagreement, there’s value in taking a hard look at who we’re called together to be as a community. While I’m not interested in getting into the monotonous business of debating and voting on resolutions as a congregation, I am interested in finding ways to have faithful conversations about what matters to us as a faith community. Which is why we’ve already started these conversations. At the Pastor’s Cabinet meetings in May and June, I invited attendees to think about our congregational ministries differently. I asked people to ignore the structures that start our work (Church Council, various ministry teams, etc.) and focus instead on what we accomplish. When we looked at the results of our ministry work, we could begin to discern a set of values or priorities that matter to us as a congregation. Thinking this way, we can look at our ministries from the perspective of why instead of how, allowing us to reimagine how to do our best ministry. And who knows – we might even discover a new ministry we hadn’t ever imagined!
     Don’t let the fact that we’re heading toward our 3rd cabinet meeting leave you feeling like you’re behind – we have a long way to go and there’s always room for your voice to be heard. Our next Pastor’s Cabinet on August 13th at 6:30 in the Coffee House. (We’re skipping July – I’ll be out of town!) If you’d like to get a running start, I’m happy to share the handouts I’ve given people previously and even chat about where our work is heading. But regardless of the role you play in our ministry, I hope you’ll continue to pray – thanking God for all we’ve accomplished in Christ’s name this past century and seeking wisdom for all that God needs us to do during the next one. I know God is calling us to do great things in the years ahead. I’m looking forward to figuring that out with you as we move forward!
     Yours on the journey, Pastor Clint
    
 
 

Current Focus

GUIDING VISION

First Christian Church of Bremerton is a diverse group of people seeking to respond to the vision of God's purpose revealed through Jesus the Christ.
     We believe this vision calls us to be an intentional community, which engages persons in Christian practices. These practices include the Lord's Supper, joyful worship, Bible Study, prayer, service, and inclusive hospitality. We anticipate being open to all people, discerning how we can respond to needs within and beyond our congregation. As a community we will listen to and bear one another's burdens, and work on behalf of justice for all God's people.
     To embrace and manifest Christ-like relationships in our community, we desire to communicate Jesus' death on the cross and bear witness to His resurrection as a sign of hope in this world. We seek to realize this hope by finding ways to overcome the forces that degrade, enslave and oppress God's creation.
     In this vision we seek to know, to discern, and to act on the Holy Spirit's guidance to become an expression of God's new creation through our personal gifts and resources. In our actions we strive "to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with [our] God." (Micah 6:8c)