KOH2RVA: Day 14

Have you ever raised an Ebenezer? Well, we raised one today, in the dining hall at Richmond’s First Baptist Church.

We’ve been engaged in a discernment process for the last three months, asking God about his dreams for the church in 2013. We’ve done it like this: each ministry team in the church has spent some time centering their thoughts on God, clearing the table of their own agenda, and then asking God to set the table with his agenda. Today we came to report on what we had discerned.

Each team leader was given a rock, and as the microphone was passed around the room each of them had two minutes to share the results of their process, usually beginning with something like, “In 2013 we feel that God is leading us to…” And then, when they had finished, they would bring the rock to the center of the room and stack it on the pile. Only then would I say, “Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done,” and everyone else would say, “On earth as it is in heaven.”

Some big dreams were shared today. Many of them were followed by the words, “We believe this would be a way to bring the Kingdom of Heaven to Richmond, Virginia.” And so, even though we didn’t do much today in the way of hands on ministry, we did put our hands on the rocks that represent God’s dreams for the church’s future, and for the way it will work to bring heaven to earth in 2013.

May all of God’s dreams come true.

2 thoughts on “KOH2RVA: Day 14

  1. Reblogged this on David E. Powers and commented:
    Our Pastor, Dr. Jim Somerville, tells about what happened in this morning’s “Ministry Action Plan Summit” – an important step in our process of discerning God’s will and developing our church budget.

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