Reflection on Renewal

Here is the scene:

You are an intern earning valuable Westmont credit at a church (you can make it a local one, your church at home, or some other, as long as you have good reason for your choice). At a staff meeting, one of the pastoral staff raises an issue of a problem. He or she proposes a 'strategy for renewal' to address the problem and set the church on a better course. Then he or she asks for responses, going around the circle of people at the meeting. As a conversation develops among those present and the responses move toward you, you are grateful for God's majestic providence in exposing you to William Abraham's The Logic of Renewal, Luther's Shorter Catechism, and the other texts in Catechetical Theology. You realize that Abraham in particular helps you set both the issue and the pastor's proposal in a firmer historical and theological context.

When it is your turn to speak, what do you say?

You may write this assignment as a practicum student would, as a report and analysis of the exchange, or as a dialogue, or in some other suitable format.

The initiative is all yours to (a) choose the underlying issue getting attention; (b) imagine the pastor's likely response given your church's denominational, theological, and cultural location; (c) imagine likely reactions from others present; and (d) craft your own response.

I am not expecting you to take Abraham's position or agree with all his appraisals! I am, however, expecting you to know them and be able to defend your perspective.

Try not to make this scenario too artificial (e.g., everyone around the table embodies a different chapter; no actual church would have either that kind of diversity or clean differentiations among personal positions). Rather, try to construct an exchange that is both realistic and insightful.

Please keep your paper 3-4 pages, double-spaced, and follow the directions in my suggestions for writing papers.

Remember, I want to see proper style, clear writing, a thorough answer to the question, and explicit citations of course materials.

(Back to Schedule)