By Rev. Ryan Canaday
“I'm Ryan. I'm an alcoholic.” These were the scariest words I ever uttered. The first time I said these words, I did so with fear and trembling. My voice was shaky. My hands were clammy. I didn't know if I would say it when it came around to me. My head was swirling. All I could think about was: “I'm a pastor. What will people think about me?
“If we’re going to reach people who aren’t part of the party that we’re throwing, we need to throw a different kind of party.”
The Rev. Zach Kerzee of Simple Church in Grafton, Massachusetts, easily moves from talking about parties to talking about church. For him, parties and church are closely related; one idea usually involves the other.
Where do you see God?
Many people see God in nature. Others notice God in family, friends and loved ones. Still more hear God sung in songs.
Brian Combs was surprised by where he saw God. He witnessed the presence of God while sitting in a park in Atlanta.
While some faith communities are called to be large centers of worship, others are called to be small groups nimbly meeting specific needs in their community. Sophia Community is one such community — called to provide a community of support for those wearied by presenting a picture of living the “perfect life.”