Quiet

This summer at Campus Edge has been quiet: smaller groups, more one-on-one conversations, time to organize and process. It’s been a bit disconcerting, to be honest. There’s something energizing about new projects and lots of people, and this quiet has, at times, made me restless and impatient. The reality, though, is that the quiet has provided space to reflect, discern and listen, to become more aware of the passions, gifts and interests of those connected to Campus Edge.IMG_20160430_185539871

The quiet has also been a gentle reminder that, as Leanne Friesen recently wrote about, pastoring (and ministering) does not always look like we expect it to. Sometimes it even looks like making home-made pizza for a study, only to store it in in plastic containers in the fridge and sending out an email to drop by to pick up some for exam week.

Much of society, including within academia and within the church, focuses a lot on achievements and doing/saying things of significance. Quiet becomes then a problem to be fixed: as in, shouldn’t we be running around analyzing why the numbers are down and frantically creating new programs? As a ministry, I would argue that we have the freedom to do things differently: trusting that God will still work both in us and through us. For me this translates into wondering about what might have gone wrong or need changing –  not in a frantic we-need-to-fix-this-right-now sort of way – but instead through quiet reflection, alongside of taking time to delight in the calm and rest amidst a quieter season, preparing ourselves for whatever adventure is next.

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