Would they be polite? Would they push their “old” ideas? Would they provide an atmosphere for sharing your own experiences of ministry, ideas of faith or even worries and concerns over current issues? Hmm.
But about 25 of us got together through the courtesy of First Baptist Church in Hallock Hall of their legendary preacher of decades long ago. Eight of us retired pastors attended and about 17 active ministers of many different Christian denominations or communities. We met for a half-hour in little groups facilitated by a retiree and in a big group facilitated by yours truly for an hour.
We each spoke up and shared reflections about what are the challenges to ministry today as compared with that of yesteryears of us retirees. We all learned a lot from one another, asked questions and expressed clarifications of sameness and differences.
We did this so much and so well that one of us said afterward that someone ought to write an editorial on how fun it was to share together old and young in the midst of our uniquenesses, differences and samenesses. This is my attempt to do just that.
Many of us hung around for another half hour or more just enjoying learning from one another about what’s going on in the active ministries now as compared to what it was all about another lifetime ago.
And guess what? They want to meet with us again. And so we will come Oct. 1 and we hope many more will be able to come and join with us around the campfire.
Joe Ted Miller