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"One more step along the world I go, one more step along the world I go, from the old things to the new, keep me travelling along with you." So the song goes, which I am sure many of you know. It's supposedly a children's song, but it has tremendous meaning for us as adults when we unpack the words and ponder them, just like Mary after the visitation of the Angel Gabriel. In other words, when we think deeply about them, it tells me that as a church we need to listen to God's Spirit and follow the promptings we hear.
One such pondering of the Vital Church Initiative report has led us to appoint a Pathway to Discipleship Director, Nichea Guy. Nichea has been our Children and Family Ministries Director for some time and the recommendation was that we have a seamless cradle to grave program of discipleship for the whole congregation. Nichea's expanded role will be full time and she will work with the newly created Discipleship Pathway team.
This newly created position fits with our church's mission "To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world." The end goal is not to make disciples, although that's a necessary part of the process. The end goal is to 'transform' the world. The next line of the song goes "Round the corner of the world I turn, more and more about the world I learn; all the new things that I see, you'll be looking at along with me."
The transformation of the world comes about when as a disciple we go into the world with fresh minds and hearts, see the world as God wants it to be, and work towards building the kingdom! Paul put it like this in Romans 12:2: "Don't become so well adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you." The Message
It's my hope and prayer that you will seriously 'ponder' your own faith journey this fall, and allow yourself to grow and mature as a disciple through our Pathway to Discipleship Program at Trinity.
"You are older than the world can be, you are younger than the life in me, ever old and ever new, keep me travelling along with you."
Pastor David Nellist