Listening

Too often church programming consists only of linear, one-way communication.  The elite few have special knowledge to impart to the less enlightened masses (this is called "ministry"), so our gathering times begin to resemble lectures in the halls of academia.  Only one story gets told, only a few get to tell it.

But every now and then a church comes along that gives voice to the people, where the leaders actually listen to those without seminary degrees.  Granger Community Church is such a church.  They invited their congregation to tell their stories on postcards and then posted the results in this blog.  Check it out.

Reminds me a little of our Thanksgiving Stained Glass Project.

Discipleship has to be more than the mere dissemination of information.  Discipleship must be the process of living in community, allowing the experience of community (telling our story and listening to others) to change us.  Otherwise, we’re just a bunch of students scrambling to access the ivory tower.

If you’re a leader, do you listen?  Really?  Do you intentionally create space for people to tell their stories?

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