Jesus promised that “The truth will set you free.” (John 8:33). Does that mean we are set free to do whatever we like or to abandon our responsibilities? Hardly! He sets us free to be able to experience God’s best and blessing for our lives. We are set free to be able to truly align ourselves with God’s good and perfect will. Truth is a currency we cannot live without.
Truth is what energizes a church to carefully observe, ask questions, and to seek to understand needs and opportunities within or without. It is what ignites the desire in a church to engage in implementing change and seek to improve, restore or help.
The currency of truth challenges church members to rethink how they use their money, time and the places to which they have access. It also ignites a passion for justice, that is, to a commitment to address problems and face up to issues with a view to doing something to correct or improve.
In the past year the Visioning Team has worked hard in discerning where we are as a parish and what is happening around us. It is the truth of those reports and observations that is now propelling the Visioning Management Team to identify areas of weaknesses and improve them along with targeting strategic opportunities to seize.
Our commitment to the refugee resettlement project is a good example of our parish responding to the currency of truth about important needs in our community. The desire to improve Trinity’s pastoral care ministries is another.
The currency of truth is the commitment to stay aware and alert to needs or problems within the church that might hinder its welfare, but also to discover what leads to the well-being of members and the ministry. Likewise, the currency of truth can be used to discover needs and opportunities within the community or beyond that God would call us to address.
The currency of truth easily flows into the currencies of wellness and relationships. When our church is a place where truth is spoken, we learn vital facts and grasp more fully our context. We understand and seek then to increase our leadership capacity in order to act and mobilize resources accordingly. We need regular truth events to help us learn from each other and to discern what God is then calling us to do as a parish and as individuals.