So, you are an expert at canoeing -
your calling is to find a
passage from where you are to where you need to be. Only
you've run out of water. The only thing in front of you are
mountains - lots and lots of mountains. Now what do you
do? We are in uncharted territory as a church. And
our future will be determined by what our next steps are.
Fortunately the church has been "here" many times before - so as we
leave our canoes behind we can expect some help from Daniel and Abraham
and Moses and Peter and Paul!
2 "No one is going to follow you
off the map unless they trust you on the map" We live in a
VUCA world (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous) - this requires
new skills and faith to navigate the unknown. Ed Friedman
said, "when any...system is imaginatively gridlocked, it cannot get
free simply through more thinking about the problem.
Conceptually stuck systems cannot be unstuck simply by trying
harder." Peter Drucker said, "Culture eats stategy
for lunch." We've come to the end of the river. Our
canoes aren't going to be any help. Do we turn around, stay
where we are - or move forward into the unknown? And who do
we want to take with us (that is the real key!)
"When our old map fails us -
something within us dies." Stepping out of the known and the
comfortable into the unknown and uncomfortable is never easy - there
must be time for mourning and grieving. But when you know
where you have been called to - and it is on the other side of the line
where there are no footprints, trails or roads - you know you cannot
stay where you are at.
"The colossal misunderstanding of
our time is the assumption that insight will work with people who are
unmotivated to change. If you want your child, spouse,
client, or boss to shape up, stay connected while changing yourself
rather than trying to fix them."
4b "Peace Mongers are highly
anxious risk avoiders who are more concerned with good feelings than
progress and consistently prefer the status quo over the turbulence of
change - even if the change is necessary."
5a "Those who had neither power nor privilege
in the Christendom world are the trustworthy guides and
necessary leaders when we go off the map. They are not going
into uncharted territory. They are at home."
We are on the Island of Oahu, near Pearl Harbor and Hickam Air
Force Base and the Arizona Memorial. Pearlridge Shopping Center
(the 2nd largest in Hawaii) is across the street and Aloha Stadium
is just down the road. We are a fluid community of faith holding
fast to the solid foundation of Jesus.
What are Sunday's Like?
8:15am is a Traditional Hymnal service.
10:45am is a Liturgical Contemporary Service.
9:37am there is Bible Study and Sunday School with coffee, tea and