This week we looked at our WHY – why are we a church? What is our vision and God’s dream for our community? What is your personal WHY? Why do you come to Two Rivers? Why do you come back? Why are you part of this faith community?
We looked at our WHY through the lens of Galatians 3:25-28. This scripture depicts in powerful phrases the inclusive, expansive welcome of Jesus. When Paul wrote to the church in Galatia, they were struggling with how to include new believers in the community. Some felt new believers should be circumcised if they were Gentile converts. Others believed that circumcision wasn’t necessary. Paul writes to them to remind them that baptism is the only outward sign necessary to be part of the body of Christ – baptism is open to all, male and female; it strips down the outer signs of enslaved and free when all wear the same white baptismal robe; and baptism removes distinctions of past religious and ethnic distinctions. All are clothed in Christ.
At Two Rivers Church, our WHY is to create a place for all who are on the margins of church life to find a place to belong. We will create new expressions of the Gospel for those searching for a place to belong. We will grow and expand our community so that belonging to God, to Jesus and to each other is the heart of who we are and what we do.
We then took time to write our own WHY in 12 words – why do we belong to Two Rivers? Some wrote a phrase or sentence; others wrote 12 separate words. We’d love to hear your WHY. Here are some tips for writing them created by our Director of Discipleship, Lyndsey Medford.
Start by writing what comes to you when you answer, “Why do you come to Two Rivers Church? Why is it important to you? Why do you keep coming back? Why do you belong?”
Have more than one reason? Pick the ones that are specific to Two Rivers Church.
Write whatever comes to your mind. Don’t worry about making it concise at first.
As you revise your WHY, frame it in the positive. It may take several drafts – keep at it!
Wendy Hudson-Jacoby is the Pastor of Two Rivers Church in Charleston, SC. As a life-long United Methodist, she spent her formative years worshiping at First United Methodist Church, Lancaster. She attended the University of South Carolina, where she majored in print journalism. After graduating, she served as a young adult missionary through the Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church and spent 18 months in Mumbai, India, and 18 months in Philadelphia. She attended Wesley Theological Seminary and spent her first seven years of full-time ministry in the Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference. She returned to her home state in 2011 to become the pastor of North Charleston United Methodist Church. In July 2017, their family moved to Clements Ferry Road to start Two Rivers Church, South Carolina’s newest United Methodist Church.