FROM THE WELL
Musings from the Senior Pastor of Clemmons UMC
April 30, 2014
Matthew 28:19 (NRSV)
19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
Sue Mallory, author of the Equipping Church, told this about her friend and colleague Don Simmons. Several years ago, Don had a brain aneurism and almost died. The “brain bleed” as he was fond of calling it, left him paralyzed and unable to speak. Midway through his rehab, his orderly started rolling him outside in a wheelchair as part of his therapy. One day as Don was practicing his speech by naming the different trees and plants, he pointed to a beautiful church across the street and said to his orderly/friend, “aren’t those beautiful stained glass windows?” The Orderly quickly replied, “That church doesn’t have any windows.” Don responded anxiously, “Yes it does. Don’t you see those beautiful stained glass windows?” The orderly replied, “That church doesn’t have any windows. It only has mirrors. All they can see is themselves.”
Earlier, the church had been one of the largest in the city, worshipping almost a thousand people. Over the years, they shrunk to barely a hundred. It was a beautiful building but people in the church ignored the changing community around them. Unless things changed, they would soon die.
I tell this story as a way of explaining to churches that they must get outside of themselves if they hope to thrive in the 21st century. Clemmons United Methodist has windows everywhere! Clemmons is a healthy, thriving, growing Body of Christ because it engages the community. Clemmons helps seekers and followers to discover their gifts and grow in discipleship. Clemmons is a community of hospitality, affirmation, and growth. I thank God every day for Clemmons United Methodist. I hope to see you in worship this Sunday.