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.
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. They support sacramental ministries by preparing people for baptism and/or confirmation, presiding at sacramental services, and performing most sacraments. They promote community by inviting individuals, households, and families to respond to Christ’s call to discipleship. They promote justice and peacemaking by inviting people to experience all aspects of Christ’s peace through active discipleship. They create ministry partnerships with mission center officers, apostles, elders, and evangelists.
The views expressed here are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of Community of Christ or Midlands Mission Center. We believe individuals should be allowed to have their own opinions and be at different places in their faith journey.