Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.
CORINTHIANS 3: 6
Is my branch church welcoming the Prodigal Home?
People are looking for a community that will support them in their journey.
Some people are leaving and going to other denominations because they not finding support when facing a personal challenge.
Suzanne Riedel – Clerk of The Mother Church
(Annual Meeting of The Mother Church, 2016)
Published on Jun 5, 2015
On Linda Cliatt-Wayman’s first day as principal at a failing high school in North Philadelphia, she was determined to lay down the law. But she soon realized the job was more complex than she thought. With palpable passion, she shares the three principles that helped her turn around three schools labeled “low-performing and persistently dangerous.” Her fearless determination to lead — and to love the students, no matter what — is a model for leaders in all fields.
Linda Wayman turned around a low performing school. She discovered an important lesson on how to be a good teacher along the way. It turned around an entire school district regardless of the labels placed on it.
Mrs. Eddy made the same discovery. Perhaps the branch churches that are closing could learn from her. Obviously there are some unmet needs if so many of the branch churches are closing or have closed.
I found the heart of Linda’s statement to be true in my own teaching. It can be applied anywhere (school or church). But it took somebody who faced extreme adversity to understand, apply and appreciate it.
I think she would be great as a member of CSBODs.
Watch the video and find out her secret. Perhaps Mrs. Eddy already gave it away in the above quote.
Perhaps some of the branch churches became a country club.
Perhaps Emma Lazarus’s sonnet “The New Colossus,” which is inscribed on Lady Liberty’s pedestal could offer some advice to the so-called experts who forgot what church was all about.
“Not,” Ms. Jenness stressed, “the closed door.”
Truth, Wisdom, Love and Sincerity, to ALL Mankind.