As we travel this journey together here at Milner we will have opportunities to talk more and more about mission and vision. Milner has a strong excellence and understanding of the caring mission of the Gospel. Everyone with whom I've visited has stated how much the friendships mean to them on good days and difficult days. Milner definitely has the heart of Christ.
Also, Milner knows what it means to worship God on the Lord's Day. Each person brings their first fruits to worship and an open heart for hospitality. I think Milner can be and likely is an example of what humility in worship strives to be within the Body of Christ.
But, the question which lingers about mission and vision is how is Milner engaged in the reconciling work of Christ in the world. Certainly we are, but is this an agreed upon, congregationally supported vision or is it a few people here and a few people there. I suspect it is the latter but with a little effort and conversation could become the former. One of the most visible areas of mission at MMPC right now is the food pantry. What if we blessed this mission as one spoke of a much larger wheel adding food related ministries alongside it. Community gardens, community lunches, environmental justice programming, a coffee&biscuit serving window for cold mornings to help our neighbors get the day started right.
Certainly, there is no shortage of ideas and many ideas require little in the way of expense, they just need an advocate, a voice, a set of helping hands. I hope we can start the mission conversation with imagination and energy as we move through our year together. God has certainly blessed Milner and I know that Milner has many more blessings in store for Raleigh and the world!