Through my profession, I have come across hundreds of youth and adults who have had significant challenges in their upbringings, impacting them and their belief in their inestimable worth as a person. Spirituality in particular is one facet that always tends to be an interesting subject. The stories shared are of disbelief in a God that would allow such horrible things to happen or rejection from a church community that required change in the person instead of welcoming who they are.
This blog is not here to change those experiences but offer an open environment, lifting up your value as a person, while digging through the deeper questions in your faith journey. If you have had similar experiences, struggled with believing you are good enough, or just do not know what the next step is for you on your journey, I invite you to come along as we explore our spiritual lives and where they are taking us.
This blog started because of our current emerging ministry in Emporia, Kansas but participation is open to anyone, anywhere seeking a supportive place to find themselves and their worth along their spiritual path. Please follow along and comment about our posts or any particular subject matter you want covered that relates to your current faith journey. My hope is this will be a safe and supportive place where you can explore your spiritual life without rejection, judgement, guilt, or shame. Now let's get started!
Craig Hidy like the majority of ministers in Community of Christ is a bi-vocational, self sustaining ordained minister. He is a member of the Midlands Mission Center Emporia Team and an ordained Seventy. He and his family, live in Topeka, Kansas.
The mission of the Seventy
“After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go. He said to them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. Go on your way. See, I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves.” Luke 10:1-3 NRSV
What is a Seventy?
The Seventy carry out missionary work for the church in close association with other missionary leaders. They represent Christ primarily as ministers of evangelism through witnessing, inviting, and church planting.
They especially proclaim and promote Jesus Christ’s invitation to faithful discipleship through vibrant witness, and train individuals and congregations in witness and invitation.
They particularly minister with seekers, individually and in groups, to share the gospel in relevant ways and to invite response.
The views expressed here are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of Community of Christ. We believe individuals should be allowed to have their own opinions and be at different places in their faith journey.
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