- On Mission: Survival is not a mission - we need to receive God's missionary who is Jesus and become missioners ourselves.
- On Church Growth: Our work is to feed the sheep, not count the sheep - but denial is denial and resurrection does not follow denial, it follows death.
- On Pastoral Care: Jesus meets us where we are; not where we ought to be! Jesus heals us from the inside out.
- On Transformation: We are not a people who are born again, but a people who are seized by the power of a great affection who is Jesus Christ and he found us and we him in the Episcopal Church. (The expression "seized by the power of a great affection" was used in 1975 by Gordon Cosby in his Handbook for Mission Groups).
- On Leaving Church: "Get up! Get up! Get Outta here!" as the new dismissal for a church that needs to relearn what it means to leave the comforts of home / the church / the pews / our buildings. A dismissal made famous by legendary Milwaukee Brewer's announcer "Mr. Baseball" - Bob Uecker.
In all that we heard this weekend, I was constantly being reminded of Carol Rose Ikeler's hymn:
The Church is wherever God’s people are praising,
singing their thanks for his goodness this day.
The Church is wherever disciples of Jesus remember
his story and walk in his way.
The Church is wherever God’s people are helping,
caring for neighbours in sickness and need.
The Church is wherever God’s people are sharing
the words of the Bible in gift and in deed.