By George Bullard
All my life I have loved attending denominational celebration events and conventions. I love least the formal meetings. I love most the networking. I love seeing my friends in ministry and meeting new friends in ministry. It is part of the cultural DNA of my life as a lifelong denominational person. I am a sucker for these gatherings.
But, these days I wonder if the Church needs more of a call to action than a call to meet. Are we meeting too often, talking with one another only, spending precious time and financial resources non-missionally? I am not sure if the new or renewed actions that result from our meetings justify the investment of scarce Kingdom resources.
I say this knowing that fellowship, networking, collaboration, trust, inspiration, shared experiences, and common vision and values are the currency of great movements. Deep relationships can make the critical difference between an institutionalized organization and a synergistic movement reaching its full potential.