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Change in Direction

Bre Hallberg
Bre Hallberg Wednesday May 12, 2010
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We had the privilege of first hearing Chris Wiersma during the Orange Tour last year. After hearing the incredible message he shared in Canada, we were excited to have him share his message at Orange’10…

Here from Amy Dolan, about what Chris Wiersma had to say on changing direction…

I’ve been thinking a lot this morning about (non) traditional families in our communities, after Chris Wiersma’s fantastic message last night. We do a great job in our churches of reaching out to families, specifically when families need help, and we do this so that families will experience God’s love in tangible ways. But, I think it’s time to change our perspective-perhaps to a new mindset that asks how can we serve each other, love each other and learn from each other. Chris said, “there is no such thing as a one-way relationship. In community, there must be mutual fascination where we meet in the middle and swap our stories.”

It’s almost like we need to make a directional change – instead of always directing our action and service towards others. We must also mutually be on the receiving side. Consistently asking ourself, what can we learn from families – and specifically from the large percentage of (non) traditional families like single parents and divorced parents? Because when our stories collide, we are guaranteed growth, and new life both for ourselves and for others.

We’re not called to help those around us, we’re called to collide – to mix our stories together.

What could this look like? How could we practically start to mutually love, serve and learn from the non-traditional families in our communities?

Bre Hallberg has been in ministry for 15 years. She began her career by helping start a church plant in Orlando, Florida, and has been on staff at Orange for almost eight years. She’s works primarily with Orange’s leadership resources and helping churches implement the Orange strategy. She still lives in sunny Florida with her husband, two kids, and giant great dane, named Hazel.