I have no doubt that I will keep doing ministry, though. I will keep on with my online community. I will keep making local connections. I'll finish that work I keep promising to finish for Presbyterian Women online. I'll keep pushing for this youth collaboration I dearly would love to make happen. I'll preach when and where I can, because I love it. I'll do spiritual direction. I'll lead retreats. Somehow it will be enough, and Christ's love will flow through this work, because Christ's love always flows through our work. And that is what we are called to.At the time that I wrote I was sure that I had made the right decision to settle down into this pinpoint on a map, but I wasn't sure how I was going to make it all happen. I'm the first to admit that I don't have it all worked out, and the finances of being a "free agent" (aka "tentmaker" or "itinerant preacher") are a bit tricky.
But a lot has happened in six weeks--a lot that astounds me. I'm still taking my salsa class, for one. So for those of you wondering, here is what my current "call" looks like. Or rather I should say, here is how I am using my gifts to both pay the bills and answer Christ's call on my life. Some of this stuff pays the bills. Some of it doesn't pay at all. All of it is bringing me joy.
--Church Planting: Bruce Reyes-Chow announced today a new Presbyterian church plant, and I'm excited to be part of the leadership team for it. It will be "a church online", meaning it will be a church utilizes social media as its primary communication tool, allowing for an organic mix of online and face to face worship, pastoral care, fellowship, and study. We don't have all the details or structure in place--that will form intentionally as the church forms. (And if you'd like to be part of this, here's the facebook group)