Steve Hayner, the recently appointed President of Columbia Seminary and founder of Presbyterian Global Fellowship, recently blogged here about PGF as a non-anxious presence in the church.
This afternoon at the sold-out PGF workshop track at Renovare, Todd Hunter said, "God is not stumped and the Kingdom of God is not at risk." He assured the 200+ people gathered that in the midst of all the anxiety, change, and questions we are facing, God is not pacing and worrying about the future of his Kingdom.
He was affirming the fact that society is undergoing a massive cultural change as people move from a modern to a postmodern world view. The change is directly affecting how we share the good news of the gospel. It is very unsettling. Everyone is feeling it and reacting in different ways. Some are leaving the church, blaming the pastor, and/or adding more programs hoping to attract new people to the old way of being church.
Some are coming to PGF events and conferences, like Renovare, looking to discern in fellowship the missional calling. PGF has been described as a think tank and a support group for people and congregations seeking to make the shift from attractional to missional. Like Todd, we are confident that God is stumped and the Kingdom of God is not at risk as we figure this out. What we are confident about is that God's mission is exciting, ongoing, and life-giving.
So, if you are interested in a missional journey then we are excited to join you. Check out PGF, affiliate, and make the fellowship stronger. Confident, not anxious, we rely on the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the leadership of Jesus as we seek to be his disciples.
Stay tuned for more updates and thoughts from the Renovare Jesus Way Conference this week from San Antonio, Texas.