The Church of Scotland is launching a new pilot project: Path of Renewal. The next three months will be spent in conversation with Congregational leaders who are discerning whether this pilot might be appropriate for their communities at this time. It is, in a nutshell, an initiative that seeks to support and mentor leaders as they experiment with new ways of being church in the places they are called to serve.
An initial round of conferences are being hosted over the next few weeks to begin the conversation, rooting the pilot in scripture, in worship and in Missional thinking. All of these elements are crucial to the Path of Renewal.
So, too, is hearing each other's stories- who we are, where we have been, what shapes us and the places we serve. Listening to each other's hopes and dreams, recounting "successes" and "failures". And, above all, discerning our place in God's story and, in particular, those chapters yet to be written.
Stories create community.
Hopefully, as we enter into each other's stories, as we support each other and pray for one another, as we give one another permission to try new things, to experiment with God,we will be creating new stories together that will inform and resource the Church and lead us forward on a Path of Renewal.