Let me just say this has been an exercise in taking it to the next level in a serious way. I was in a room with conference staff, senior pastors, other fantastic clergy doing all manner of amazing things - all age 40 or younger. I had a hard time remembering that the work I do as a missionary - spreading the good news of progressive Christianity in rural areas - is just as impressive and amazing. Some people seriously went to bat to make sure I was at that table, and I intend to honor their belief in me by taking myself a great deal more seriously from now on.
This meeting was probably one of the most intense and rewarding experiences I have ever had in my profession. And it was exhausting! In the best sort of way. I can't wait to see everyone in January. In Savannah!
So, pray for us as we go forward in faith in this new adventure, and pray with thanksgiving for those who have invested so heavily in all of us.