Going on a little farther, He saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who were also in the boat mending the nets. Immediately He called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants, and went away to follow Him. Mark 1:19-20
This week the Fanning the Flame team of St. Paul’s had our first meeting with Joe Weatherly, our coach. After weeks of prayer and meditation, we are ready to start forming a vision. What do we want our church to look like in several years? Where do we want to go, and how do we start?
One thing we talked about is how, since our congregation is small, we get focused on the task at hand, and don’t take time to consider and plan for the future. When I look at the passage above, I’m struck by the fact that James and John were busy when Jesus called them. Mending the nets was important. They couldn’t earn a living without the proper equipment. Yet when Jesus called, they left that work to follow Him. We too can get absorbed in maintaining our building, holding fundraisers, cooking for fellowship dinners, planning weekly worship, and more. These things are important, but following Jesus is more than that. Following Jesus means sometimes dropping everything else to listen to His plans for us. That’s what we’re trying to do.
As we looked over our ideas, the fruit of our time listening to God, we saw that for us following Jesus means more community involvement. Our focus must change from taking care of those within our walls, to going out and caring for others. Like the disciples, we must become fishers of men. We must trust God to keep our nets mended as we minister to His people; all of His people.
Beth Ann will be writing a vision narrative, a cohesive whole, based on the thoughts, ideas and inspirations we listed. Maybe she’ll post soon on what that process is like. I’m looking forward to see what she and the Holy Spirit come up with. Maybe our readers are, too. In the meantime, pray, pray, pray, for St. Paul’s and our plans for the future. I’m pretty sure whatever happens, we’ll be blessed by this process.