Finding Your Call in Your Context

The garden at St. Andrews Presbyterian, Tulsa, Oklahoma

I love to hear stories about flexible churches and here is one in Oklahoma that has changed its location more than once.

What’s great about this story is that the congregation paid attention to its surroundings and found its call in its context: first, they heard a call from a neighbor organization that wanted to purchase their building.  Then, they heard a call to move away from a shared use arrangement with two other churches.  Now, they are pursuing a call to reach out to youth through a gardening program.  In each situation, they discerned God’s direction for them by paying attention to those around them and being willing to “go the next step” without being sure where it would lead.

Who and what surrounds your church in its context?  How do the people and needs outside your church speak to you of God’s direction for your congregation?

Thanks to freelance writer Erin Dunigan for this great story!

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