From Great Commandment to Great Commission
Check out this video interview with the Right Reverend Charles E. Jenkins, III, the bishop of Louisiana. Bishop Jenkins is one of seven candidates vying to become the next presiding bishop and primate of the Episcopal Church, USA. In this video Bishop Jenkins talks about the way his life changed after Hurricane Katrina, the ways that he realized he had not been serving Christ before, and his hopes for a missional church.
One of the better quotes from the interview: "I would like to see us put greater energy into mission, that we become not just a Great Commandment church, loving God, loving neighbor, and loving self, but also a Great Commission church. It's been interesting to see, occassionally when someone has asked, 'Well, why are you doing this?' in terms of what we're trying to do [helping Katrina victims] in New Orleans. 'Why are you doing this?' That's the evangelical moment, the opportunity to talk about my relationship with Christ and how the love of God, the unconditional love of God in my life propels me to be about the ministry that we are trying to undertake in New Orleans."
I wish more bishops thought like that. What a wonderful gift it would be to the Church if he became the next ECUSA presiding bishop.