By Melissa Lauber
*Originally posted by Baltimore-Washington Conference website.
It’s church, but better than church. Or, it’s not church, but churchy. Or it’s church, only different. It’s church as church should, or could, be church.
Defining the BWC’s new Change Maker ministry, which lies at the intersection of organized religion and social innovation, can lead church people into verbal calisthenics. It can also lead them to encounters with fascinating new ministry.
In a nutshell, Change Makers is a unique ministry of the Baltimore-Washington Conference and Wesley Seminary, funded by a grant, for young adults interested in creating ministry that expands beyond the sanctuary and draws on the best of business, government, non-profits and church to create social change.
By Meghan Hatcher
As I consider my “founding story,” the most salient question for me right now is who to bring with me on this journey. Since my idea is already underway and I’ve already been through the pilot phase of my project prior to joining Change Makers, I am in some ways backtracking. As I researched and voraciously read prior to and while launching my project in fall 2017, I’m realizing that the authors, sociologists, and practitioners are people I’ve already metaphorically “brought with me.” Their contributions to my idea development, strategies for implementation, and project assessment are invaluable. Now I need to navigate other areas of invisible capital around me that I can tap into for more specialized and personal interactions and contributions.
By Tiffany Brooks
As I am doing this work it seems that beyond everything, the Lord has been highlighting specific areas and opportunities for spiritual growth and development. This month the lesson has been on patience and perseverance. I haven’t heard a lot from the partnerships that have been seemingly forged which can be discouraging at times. We are still doing the necessary work however a lot of what we need in terms of testing our research and finding greater access to resources has seemed to be slowing down. It’s difficult waiting and in that waiting still working around what I am specifically waiting for. It’s also a challenge to continue moving forward even when the key to everything coming together and falling in place is dangling too far above your head. This is also about passion, I’m so passionate about helping children in low income communities that the anticipation is growing and along with it so is and must be my patience. Ultimately, I learned this month that I’ll literally have to be patient and that nothing is going to speed up or slow down the waiting process. Which requires a huge mental shift. I’ve learned to find joy in the waiting and to do what needs to be done in order to be ready for what is to come.