I’m Not a Boat Builder

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They say that two things impact who we are today: what we read and who we know.

Today, I feel like I made great strides on both accounts.

At the Share 2012 Conference, I’ve had the chance to spend time with authors Christian Piatt and Carol Howard Merritt. In addition to being leaders of Christianity’s next great movement, they are wonderful new friends who are a whole lot of fun to be around.

I hope to be in further conversation with Christian and Carol in upcoming posts and events but in the meantime there is plenty to read up on. Christian, author of the Banned Questions series, just released his latest book, “PregMANcy: A Dude, a Little Man, and a Due Date.” Carol’s book “The Tribal Church: Ministering to the Missing Generation” is also one that I will be adding to my must-read-soon list.

Tonight, Christian challenged our group to reconsider our Christian mission to be followers of Christ as opposed to those stuck in the boat – the traditional way of doing ministry/the church/our thing – based on the story in Matthew 14 where Jesus calls Peter out of the boat.

May we hear Christian’s interpretation (excerpts from another event):

and then have the courage to in the name of Jesus, get the heck up out the boat before we sink ourselves in the theobabble and antiquated ministries of the past.

I don’t want to be stuck on the boat that represents all that we thought was cool, effective, relevant, and meaningful yesterday. I want to move so that I am in where God has called me to, today.

I don’t want to be a boat builder, I want to be a follower of Christ.

Time to stop working on the boat and move out into the crashing waves.

What then should we give up? What then is important today? What do we do with “the boat”?

Where to next?