Tuesday Re-mix –
“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” John 17:20-21
I don’t know how you feel about prayer and its power…or God and His willingness to answer prayer. But if you are a follower of Christ, I know this about you: you are pretty sure that God will at least answer Jesus’ prayers. Right? Yes, me too. So it is with great interest that I watch the church today to see how God answers Jesus’ prayer for unity in John 17. I watch, fully expecting that God will work to bring it to pass…the unity of His people, that is.
I have spent the better part of the last two years on a “communications task force” for my church, charged with the responsibility of mapping out a course for our church to update, renovate, and (in some cases) completely re-think how we communicate both outside our walls and within our congregation. I have loved it. It is one of the most rewarding assignments I have ever had at my church. The discussions have been rich as we contemplate an infrastructure for virtually every level of communication.
While much of our focus thus far has been on how we communicate outwardly (I call that “branding”…see, I am not a marketing professional, so I get to use that word any way I like), I remain primarily concerned with how we communicate within the congregation. I feel strongly about that, because communication is the currency of relationships, and relationships are the …