The novel Gilead, by Marilynne Robinson, is a memoir from a minister to his young son. The minister writes of his own father, who was also a minister. He said, "My father had nowhere to spend his courage, nowhere to feel it in himself. This was a great pity."
In churches today, do we help people find and spend their courage? In too many congregations, the tendency is to follow the familiar path. But St. John of the Cross wrote that those who seek God will follow a familiar path, but that path will end and there will be no path.
This is my hope for churches today, that they intentionally explore uncharted territory, and engage segments of the population previously unknown.