This weekend (February 9 – 10), we will have a “focus first summit” in which some of our leadership in the church will meet about the “Focus First” process we’ve been engaged in with consultant Susan Beaumont since July of 2017.
Over that time in our Focus First Process, we’ve had a survey to engage with, and many “appreciative inquiry” groups that everyone was encouraged to participate in. NOW, this week, we need to turn our focus to becoming good listeners (in the Spirit), and deep discerners.
If we do this with open hearts and for the long journey, I can pretty much guarantee you that God will help us discover together our unique calling as First United Methodist Church in our Greater Fort Worth community.
This weekend — and beyond — through our hearing and telling of sacred stories . . . of our brokenness and healing . . . together we will become a discerning team that is “rooted and grounded in love.” (Eph 3:17)
In order to do this, we’ll have to learn to let go of our opinions, our hurried decisions, and our egos (which have a tendency to “edge God out”). This “letting go” is the thing we most need to be truly present to the Spirit of unity, to one another’s True Self, and even to our own Selves (more as God sees us). It is then that we can learn to listen together and discern deeply what we truly have — and what we truly need.
Click here to read something our consultant, Susan Beaumont, wrote that can help us learn together how to be a discerning team.
Grace and peace on this exciting journey.
Associate Pastor of Spiritual Formation