Recently Read: Becoming comfortable being uncomfortable

Josh Fitzpatrick, Youth Minister at the First UMC of Duncanville, TX, recalls a story from his family that taught him a valuable lesson in his ministry:

I wonder how many times we talk ourselves out of opportunities that could end up being really incredible experiences by telling ourselves that we don’t belong, by giving in to the idea that feeling “out of place” is a bad thing?

Maybe we should work on becoming comfortable being uncomfortable.

via LIVING INtensionALLY: Becoming Comfortable Being Uncomfortable: Lessons from a Glass Elevator.

Given the current state of many of our congregations in the UMC, what can we take from Josh’s parable?

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