He suggests that we put the ix-nay on “kids, group, and class.”
Meanwhile, what are the words that we should find ourselves using in definition of our ministry and vision. I would suggest these there…
> Jesus (or Christ, the Lord or even God- but that seems less specific unless used in constant rotation with the others) – Not to get all Hallmark-y with you, but He is the “reason for the season,” all the seasons.
> The Church – How can we be serious about inviting / encouraging the next generation into ownership and responsibility for something that we rarely are willing to mention?
> Discipleship – We have got to be clear about the nature of the relationship that we are seeking with Jesus and within our Church… and it is a relationship or friendship which we are discussing here… a relationship which we are to value as the highest honor if we are allowed to participate in fostering, even over the esteem that we might receive in being in relationship with others.
What words would you add to Michael’s list of words to stop using or the above list of words to consider using more often?