Stop seeking consensus. Stop trying to get the thumbs up. The people around you have no idea what they are doing and they have no permission to give.
Don’t talk to your bishop. She is the head of a lumbering bureaucracy. They have no cavalry to send. They have no solutions to offer.
Don’t wait for your council. Don't let the property team tear apart your vision for the Kingdom of God. Don't let the fearful stifle outreach.
Go and do. Don’t take your hat in hand and beg for a permission slip. Don’t plead with stone walls to allow you to care for God’s creatures. Don’t sit there and listen to some new fangled version of ‘no.’
Go and do. Yes, there will be consequences. Yes, your church may shrink. Yes, you may be fired. Yes, you may be kicked from the roster and forced to manage a Denny's. But these are unprecedented times. The church is collapsing and the only truly reckless option is seeking the safety of doing what has always been done.
So cancel worship on Sundays! Spray the baptized with a water hose. Have adult ed in the backseat of a Geo Metro. Wear your steeple like a hat. It’s time to get crazy. Ignore the gatekeepers. Better, ignore the gate and run into the sea. You can’t make a wrong choice as long as each next step is more foolish than the last.
Go and do. We will follow for we are your people. We are the dry timber in your pews longing for a spark. We are, sincerely,