I am excited that the 2016-2018 Capital Campaign, “Midway Hills is the Church of Tomorrow” begins this Sunday, and I’ll tell you exactly why:
1. We have a lot of great things happening during the campaign. On Sunday, our graduated high school seniors—Anthony, Christopher and Jordan—are going to be answering a question posed to them a few weeks ago: “What are you taking with you from Midway Hills?” Next Sunday, the Rev. Caroline Hamilton-Arnold, Associate Director of Week of Compassion, will be preaching in worship. You will have to then deal with me for two weeks, but we’re gearing up for a luncheon and may have special guests in worship with us on June 26. To quote a presumptive nominee of a major political party, “It’s gonna be YUGE.”
2. We have already gone through the hard part together. Last week, a pastor I know tangentially—he was staffing a camp going on simultaneously with one I was keynoting at—called and asked me about the New Beginnings process. I offered my thoughts, noting that I’m one of the last effects of the New Beginnings process. But as I told stories about new life in collaborative ministry and cooperative partnership, and how when it rains it goes into the collection tanks, not the hallways—we have done the hard work. Now we get to seek viability in this brave new reality we stepped out on. And that leads to:
3. We have seen over and over again that we are stronger together. Since being called here in 2012, I have been amazed at the momentum and durability of this congregation. 2013 was the Year of the New Thing; 2014 was the Year of Holy Inconvenience; 2015 was the Year of the Impossible Church; this year, 2016, is absolutely the Year of Tomorrow. For sixty-one years we have been doing justice, practicing radical inclusion, and cultivating a diverse, thoughtful and active congregation in North Dallas that reaches out to the entire world. And we’re not done yet, I assure you.
Did I really keep it to only three? There has to be more—and oh, there is, there is. I look forward to seeing you Sunday.