So what does it mean? It’s the “sticky” stuff. It’s what holds everything together. It’s what forms the core of healthy family relationships and builds a thirst in them to gather with others on a regular basis. It pastes, sticks, fastens, attaches, joins, bonds, and cements us together as one.
Where do we find it? From my experience, I think we find it through God’s work in our lives. Sometimes we get so caught up in what we want and how we want others to do things that we forget to let go and let God. But more often than not, that’s when I have learned it “sticks” better.
How do we apply it? I like the way John Roberto of www.lifelongfaith.com says it best, “We meet people where they are in their walk with the Lord.” If we open our hearts and minds and allow a change of thinking to happen in the way we do things, we may be able to meet people where they are in a variety of ways. Honor and celebrate programs and ministries from the past and look to new ways to connect through technology and the unbelievable plethora of resources now available to congregations.
Overwhelming? Yes, it is. But I think we are at a truly reforming moment in the church and should rejoice and be glad in it! Together with networking and forming support groups we can do it.