My name is Rich, I am a Baptist Minister concerned with issues of equality and justice, in particular how the church should be a leading example of inclusion, compassion and in challenging injustice. I am not concerned with growing a particular congregation but in seeing God’s kingdom on earth – not a kingdom of power and strength but one of humility; a community where the vulnerable and broken are welcomed as equals and friends. I believe the Church should heed the words of the Prophets Isaiah and Micah:
“Learn to do good; seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow.” (Isaiah 1:17 – NRSV)
“He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8 – NRSV)
The Church should be more concerned with Jesus’ command to “love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength and to love our neighbours as ourselves” (Mark 12:30-31) before committing to his commissioning to “Go and make disciples” (Matthew 28:19).
The Church should be leading the way responding to the needs of our neighbours not just with benevolence but with love. Giving of ourselves to address issues of poverty, grief, exclusion and suffering.
The Broken Church is a space for me to discuss my thinking and connect with others who feel the same. The church does not need any more polished pastors who can offer a good performance on a Sunday morning but we need honest, authentic pastors who recognise we are broken and that God works most perfectly through our weakness and brokenness rather than our strength. I strive to be a broken pastor.
Grace and peace