Monday, April 14, 2008

Nomadisicm- Bad or Good?

63555, 65240, 63376, 63701, 65248, 65101, 64034, 77004, 65301, 63011

Those are all the zip codes I've lived in. Some were just for summers, but I'd say that counts.

I've been a part of my church for almost 3 years, 2 full time. I have two favorite things, that might seem lame but are profound for me:

-the feeling of turning down your street
-seeing people you know at the grocery store

There was a time in college when I pretty much lived out of my car. But now being in the same location for a while has really been a great thing in my life. Then again, I have so many connections from all over the country because of who I've been fortunate to meet in my varying circumstances.

There was some discussion of itineracy (the system of "moving pastors") over at Andy's blog and Brad's blog and the subject of pastor's having to move brought up a greater question in my mind:

What are the pro's and con's of staying in one place for a sustained period of time?


Adam said...

BB, does this mean I broke the pledge? Did I ever really take the pledge?

Professor RJ Gumby said...

Pros: Putting down roots - which becomes more important when you have kids.

Knowing a community and having comfort in knowing the community (contrary to popular opinion, the same community will change - it is amazing to see how much our church has changed since we joined in 2000).

Cons: One place can get stale, and those who don't like you always have you there to kick.

You become too set in your ways and you qvetch every time there is change.