This month Cathy and I celebrate 40 years or marriage. It has been interesting, to say the least! The Army, Michigan, kids, Texas, seminary, New York, New Covenant, bi-vocational ministry, empty-nest, sailing. Wow.
Marriage is about change. Over the years our location has changed, our family mix has changed, my jobs have changed, our hobbies have changed, and our church has grown.
Marriage is about growing with the changes. You change. Your spouse changes. You learn and grow.
A church family changes and grows over time as well. New people are added and some are lost. New programs are added and others are retired. A church that doesn’t change is like a marriage that never changes. It can become stale and tired. A church that continues to change and grow is like a vibrant marriage that always has something new to experience and grow into.
We are not the church we were 35 years ago when we started. We aren’t the church we were even 5 years ago! I’m looking forward to the church we’ll be 5 or 10 years from now.
What will God do next? See you in church on Sunday!