Connecting Now + Imagining our Future
By: Shawn Nowlan
One Sunday as I sat in church, Selena Billington gave a quick talk about EFM (“Education for Ministry” – a four-year program of bible and theological study done in a small group setting). I thought – “wait, I started EFM back in Lincoln, Nebraska; maybe I should finish it.” I talked to her after the service.
I joined the EFM group and met a group of committed Episcopalians, where all of us were looking to study, and to discern what ministry God was calling us to initiate.
Through that connection, Selena introduced me (among other things) to St. Andrew’s Lay Eucharistic Visitation (LEV) ministry, where we take the Eucharist to those who can’t be physically present, and we make connections with them.
I imagine a faith community where the Spirit enables us to make new and expanding connections, and those connections lead us to new opportunities to minister to our parish, and to the wider world.
What connections do you make at St. Andrew’s? And how do those connections help you discern new opportunities to find your ministry?