NEXT Church has been asking the question: What’s next? We have been asking God, ourselves, and each other many more questions like: “What’s next for our denomination?” “What’s next for my congregation?” “Is what’s next better than what’s now or what was?” “Does what happens next include me?”
In John 3:4, Nicodemus asks Jesus, “How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother’s womb and be born?”
As we strive to answer the question of “what’s next?,” we claim and proclaim what we do know:
1) The good news of Jesus Christ,
2) Our call to spread that good news.
As Jesus said, “What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit.”
At the 2013 National Gathering, we will focus on what is born from the Spirit. We will lift up the magnitude of the message over the chaotic culture moment and the disappointments of our institutions. We will reclaim our calls to ministry even as those calls evolve. We will celebrate what the Spirit has done and is doing so that we can be open to what the Spirit will do.
We have to be born again.