My last post was a “flash” post on my first day of the assembly. I was quite honestly not very excited to be there. It came across as sort of pitiful upon hearing some of the comments people said to me subsequently. It wasn’t intended as a pity party…I had a great time, hung out with some very cool people, was re-energized by some of those people, and was able to spend some good times in Houston…so don’t feel sorry for me…
However, I truly wasn’t very excited going into the Assembly. We find ourselves still in a (seemingly) never ending time of transition here in Tennessee, there seemed to be a resignation surrounding the meeting that the numbers of regestered participants would be way down (they were) and that we were all sort of in limbo…I sort of played into that feeling of dread in several conversations I had this past week.
However, I got up this morning and began to reflect on the week and the conversations I was fortunate enough to engage and I’ve changed my mind. Some of the positives:
- I met/talked with/hung out with several very cool, very gifted young women that I would love to be my pastor someday (hopefully soon). I am very encouraged! (check out this sermon from one of them…Ann Pitman-A Tale Of Two Daughters.
- I saw a much younger crowd than I have seen in years past
- I hung out most of the time with a group of college students there participating in the Houston Sessions…I miss that very much…this was very energizing…THANKS all of you!
- I was encouraged by those who attended the workshops I participated in…great questions…great potential…
- I was thankful to be a part of a large gathering of Baptists where nothing was discussed that I was embarrassed to read in the papers the next day
- my CBF google feed produced the following blog post this morning…it made me smile…it made me happy to be a part of CBF: Meant to Love
There are a lot more things I could say. For all of the above, I could find several corresponding things to bitch about…why aren’t we hiring women pastors, we were younger because we were close to Baylor and Truett, we could do better by college students, yada, yada, yada…. That makes me weary…I’m rather tired of that…even though I’ve contributed to that type of bitching in the past.
It felt good to be a Baptist this week. I’m optimistic about the future, if not about denominational systems, very much so about the church and the kingdom of God and our upcoming leaders. I hope to be a part of that movement…or at least witness it. Enough…lots of work to do today. Peace!