May 19th, 2005


On location in the wilderness

We had quite a Finance Committee tonight. Our congregation is overextended, needing to grow and able to grow, several years behind in facing up to their opportunities and their perils. We just did our first real stewardship campaign in years. Results were modestly good: encouraging. But we are in for some real struggle in the months ahead.

I was impressed with how everybody approached everything. There were no easy choices. Nobody had any preferred axes to grind. Everybody around the table was mature, committed, giving, thoughtful. And I was comfortable in my discomfort. This is what I asked for, after all.

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