How do we go from being consumers to priests?

Collaboration

Each of us is a one-of-a-kind piece of art with a unique perspective and special contribution to make. No matter where our journeys have taken us, our stories and our contributions have value.  

In fact, active participation in God’s community is the antidote to consumerism.

True collaboration involves people with different gifts, different experiences, different theologies, different emphases, different cultures, different values, and different tastes; an odd, motley family whose members are different ages and in different seasons of life.

Challenges

Participating in God's community as a collaborative priesthood is a challenging assignment and has a way of exposing our weaknesses.

Collaboration calls for giving more than receiving; for preferring others above ourselves, for drawing out others’ ideas rather than championing our own, and for cultivating the skills needed to listen and learn from others.

Believe it or not, we don’t always have to be on the same page. We do, however, need to be more excited to serve than to be served. We must become experts at giving the benefit of the doubt, and we must become students of diversity.

Consequences

If we can rediscover a Christianity where everyone gets a chance to “play,” the way we do church will become more meaningful, more believable, more diverse, more inclusive, more rewarding, more fruitful, and more transformational.