What is our public witness? That was the question that began the conversation. Actually that's not true... the question that began the conversation was, "how are we going to capture the $14,000 rent we just lost from the Hindu dance school that was renting our building but now has outgrown our space?" But truly, the conversation turned quickly. Actually that's not true either... I turned the conversation.
The conversation doesn't just turn. People turn conversations. And the conversations in church often don't turn anywhere but in circles. Or at least that's what I hear in the hallways of my denomination. It doesn't have to be that way. Leaders can turn conversations. Leaders can build coalitions. Leaders can listen between the lines and tease out the direction that the Spirit is leading.
Here's a presentation that we created to explain why we wanted to create an additional public witness for our church.