I am preparing to travel to Kansas City next week for my next Lewis Fellows Meeting. While Kansas City in the middle of winter is not an ideal place for a California girl to venture, I am very excited about the agenda planned for us while there. We will have the chance to visit Church of the Resurrection, a thriving United Methodist Church there, and dialogue with the large church's staff. We're reading Rev. Adam Hamilton's book in preparation for our visit there. I am also excited to visit with Tim Keel and Jacob's Well. I've been reading his book, Intuitive Leadership, and find it to be a book that resonates with me-- it speaks my language. Keel is not afraid to speak the truth and talk about the disconnect he feels between the modern church and the emerging church-- and how, if we are able to let go of the mechanisms and systems that are so entrenched and have been born out of the modern way of doing things, we will find the heart of what we need to reach those who speak a new language-- a post-modern language.
It will be good to see models of church, both successful mainline and emerging. And perhaps even have a chance to see Andy B. while I am there! I invite your prayers for my safe journey...as this reading will clue you in on why I am a bit more anxious than usual!