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: Changing Up Church, Part 2

Taking last month’s article title and slapping a “part 2” on the end of it: some might call this lazy, but I call it inventive! (Ok, fine – I haven’t come up with a better title and now it’s publication time, but stay with me because I promise I’m going somewhere with this!)

If the truth be told, I’ve been quietly inviting you to be inventive around the church for a little while now. We’ve rebranded the Pastor’s Cabinet as the Pastor’s Experiment to give it a more playful feel. We’ve made some changes to the latter half of our worship service, and in case you haven’t noticed, you’ve been taking communion by intinction* in the pews for the past month!  We’ve started some new studies for adults and are “re-booting” our programs for kids.  Despite some surprises along the way, I’ve been enjoying the experimentation – and I hope you have, too! Which is why I want to invite you to be playful once more – at this month’s Pastor’s Experiment.

Now I know what some of you are thinking – didn’t the Thrive book study replace the Pastor’s Experiment?  And my answer would be, “Kinda sort of, but obviously not really.”  And then I’d give you my best shot at a sly smile. While the Thrive study did grow out of our previous Pastor’s Experiment meetings, I’m not ready to give up my experimental meetings just yet. That, and I promised the Church Council we could continue a
discussion that started at our last meeting at the Experiment. So I’m also making good on my promise.

But stay with me here, because this isn’t just an article for Council members. The conversation we put on hold was about doing the work of the church in different ways, so if you’ve ever served on a ministry team or helped out with an event (or think you might want to), then you just might have something to say. And don’t let the terms “task force” our “functional committee structure” scare you off, either. We’re not going to sit down and re-write the constitution or anything. Rather, I want to talk about whether we treat our different ministries as sprints or marathons – and why those differences matter!

Now I know this may not be your cup of tea, and that’s ok – there will be no pressure from me about getting out for this meeting.  (Unless you were one of the people talking at the Council meeting!) Like my previous Pastor’s Experiments, this is an open-invitation event. Come if you feel interested or called, and we’ll dream a little bit about how to build the foundation for our next hundred years to be every bit as successful as the first. Whenever two or more are gathered, there’s no telling just what our Christ might reveal.

I look forward to seeing you soon.

Playfully yours,
Clint

* Intinction – a $5 word for dipping your communion bread into the juice.

          


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)