I love conversations.
I love them so much that I wrote a workbook on Spiritual Formation and gave it the simple title Conversations.
I strike up conversations with total strangers.
I have lingering conversations with my good friends.
I have delightful conversations with my small group.
I have mentoring conversations with leaders.
I have teaching conversations with groups ranging from 10 people to thousands of people.
I have micro-bursts of conversations with over 100 people every Sunday morning.
I have conversations with God (usually called prayer).
And I have conversations with myself (often called a disorder of some kind), but hopefully mine are simply the self-aware, meditations of my heart.
They are the stuff of relationships
and relationships are the stuff of life.
Here is a great thought I borrowed from John Howard Yoder and just touched up a bit. It is one important way that I understand the church and what we do around here.
“The New Testament congregation has been described as a community of conversation guided by agents of direction (apostles, prophets), agents of memory (scribes, storytellers), agents of linguistic self-consciousness (teachers), and agents of order and due process (overseers, elders, shepherds, deacons).”