The practice of discernment has become increasingly important to me in recent years. I have learned to value the process by which I make decisions and the process by which the church makes decisions. Sometimes I can act rashly. At others times I can get locked up and become indecisive. Discernment is more than decision making. It is seeking not only what is best for me or the church, but also, what is God’s will. Which way do we go? What are the consequences? How do we listen for God’s voice? Do we care where God leads?

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