Invitation to Discipleship
It began as a conversation about leadership development. What do we really mean when we use the term? What are the key attributes of effective leadership? We all remember when the stock answer to those questions listed a series of particular skills: runs a good meeting, understands the organizational structure of the church and stays within its framework, etc. But this time the conversation veered off course.
Every religious tradition going back to the Hindu Vedas (approximately 1500 BCE) encourages those who hope to gain by its practices and teachings to become disciples. The word “yoga” that first appears in the Vedas is derived from the same Sanskrit root as the word “yoke.” In the midst of yet another mundane conversation about leadership development we veered off course and found ourselves in a powerful and unfamiliar place. Could it be that what we really want our leaders to embody is that sense of being yoked to the practices, teachings and, yes, the aspirations of our faith tradition? Could it be that what we want, or better, what will benefit all of us most, is for our leaders to be drawn from among those who understand themselves to be disciples?
For the past fifteen years or so the Unity Church Board of Trustees has been collecting data on the impact of the church on people’s lives. The data indicate that there are certain ways to be involved in congregational life that encourage that sense of discipleship. Among them are making music, going on pilgrimage, teaching our children, working with the pastoral care team, serving on the Board, being deeply involved in community outreach and hospitality ministries, and serving as a worship associate. You are receiving this invitation because you have participated in one or more of these ministries. We hope you have found your participation nourishing and inspiring and that you are moved both to testify to the church’s efficacy in your life, and to help preserve and strengthen the church for future generations.
On Saturday, September 15, from 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., we invite you to come to church to celebrate our shared ministry, learn more about discipleship and what it may mean to congregational life, and consider the implications of deepening your practice and embrace of the teachings of our faith. Childcare will be provided. Please RSVP using the form at right.
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