Youth ministry. Kids ministry. Singles ministry. Seniors ministry. Men’s ministry. Women’s ministry. Every conceivable demographic and even a few inconceivable. Churches have gotten so good at separating people. But how are we at bringing them back together again? We’re so busy subdividing, but unity is a core part of what we’re supposed to be about. Joel and Peter said the young men would see visions, the old men would dream dreams, the Spirit would be poured out on poor men and women, and kids would prophesy. Sure would be nice if they got a chance to share some of that with each other and the rest of us.
You really can trust Jesus with your whole life. You can come just like you are. God loves you just the way you are. It’s true, if you hang out with Jesus long enough, you will change. But neither you nor I knows what that change will look like or how it will go before it happens. And it won’t happen because God is displeased with you or actually doesn’t love you just the way you are. God really does love you just the way you are. It’ll happen because the Holy Spirit guides you and grows you into what makes you the most happy, most whole, most true to yourself. Find a faith community and a pastor who will let that process work out by the free move the Spirit, with no overlaid or underpinned agenda. If you’re in north Wake County, NC, our church Vineyard North is just such a place.