My Journey into understanding church — We are Sent — Part 2

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When I graduated from high school, a Christian university was my choice. They had a hockey team there, and I wanted to study the Bible. My life had changed so much since my faith came alive as a 16 year old. My time at this university was outstanding! I grew in the gospel and learned much. Upon graduation, a church invited me to become their youth pastor. I had big dreams of helping these teens understand and live out the reality that all Christians are sent people. Leading by example, I launched myself into the fabric of this small midwestern town. As a football coach at the local high school, I was the designated driver on weekends for the coaching staff when they drank to much after a big victory. I was constantly in the homes of not yet believers. The culture in this little town fascinated me and I was thrilled to witness God do some amazing things. However, it wasn’t long before pious eyebrows were raised at the church.  This is when it hit me: High walls. The church had erected extremely high walls. Protected within these walls was a completely separate culture. This Christian culture had it’s own language, it’s own priorities, even it’s own air! It became apparent early on that my job, as understood by the church, was to perch safely on top of the walls so as to not be contaminated and yell down into the doomed world below the good news of Jesus.  Of course if anyone called out for a rope, I could happily throw one down, hoist them up, and toss them into the Christian culture behind the safety of the walls. More questions began to rise: Was the church supposed to be this way? When Jesus said “As the father has sent me into the world so have I sent you” was he thinking safety ropes, high walls, and separate uncontaminated cultures? The unsettledness of soul continued to grow.

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About Dennis Arve Wilkinson

Happily married, blessed with four children, thrilled to have started Meta Communities in 2011. Born in Calgary, raised in Winnipeg, undergraduate education in Wisconsin (NIU) & Seminary education in Minnesota (CBTS). During my time in the Midwest I gained about a dozen years of pastoral experience. It has been my privilege to travel to many parts of the globe and divine providence has smiled on me by allowing me to be mentored by several men of great character over the course of my life time. I am a follower of Jesus - though not without struggle. I am committed to joining God in the restoration of all things by telling, showing, and welcoming people into the good news of God's story. God's story of redemption in Jesus is the best story the human has -- I am letting the better story shape my life and helping others do the same.

Posted on September 11, 2013, in Good Stories and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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