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What does it look like to be a follower of Jesus at Little T?

A few decades ago studies were done into what makes companies and organizations successful. One of the key takeaways was that successful organizations continually retold their tribal story. They spoke often to how the company began, paying particular attention to the vision that birthed it and the values that guided it.

What they found was that if members were not taken back to the vision that birthed it, and the values that guided it they began to drift off course. They didn’t keep the main thing the main thing. However the organizations that kept that vision, those values front and center stayed the course, they kept the main thing the main thing.

What does it look like to be a follower of Jesus at Little T?

A couple of years ago a selection committee was formed here at Little T to find a new Rector (Senior Pastor) There were months of prayer, the tribal story was remembered and told, focused group meetings held , 25 structured conversations with over 160 members. The fruit of that process was a parish profile to articulate the consistent themes, the vision that birthed us, and the values that guide us.

“These are the three things that we seek: 1. To be fed in the word. 2. To encounter Jesus as we gather each week, and 3. To connect with people outside our walls.”

(From the Parish Profile)

What does it look like to be a follower of Jesus at Little T?

With that tribal story, the vision that birthed us and the values that guide us on one hand, and scripture in the other we prayerfully sought to articulate an answer to that question. An answer that was memorable. An answer that could be understood by people at all stages of a spiritual journey. An answer that could be held up to direct our course. An answer to help us keep the main thing the main thing.

What does it look like to be a follower of Jesus at Little T?

It is to Love God, Grow together, and Serve our world.

Now, no statement will ever capture the depth and specificity that we would want it to. No statement will ever capture the fullness of the biblical underpinning. No statement will every fully contextualize it for us. So listen to the three-part sermon series when we explored together what it is to …