Lyle Griner – National PML director
What if we went to a yoga class with no mats or space to do exercises? What if we found only rows of chairs, listened to talks, sang songs about downward dog and cobra poses? What if people only gave readings and sermons about yoga? What if we never practiced yoga?
(Thoughts from Brian McLaren at Methodist Curious Church faith formation conference, Des Moines, IA)
What if the one place that proclaims love as its core belief, its main goal, even the commandment above all other commandments only talked, sang, and read scriptures about love?
What if the church was about helping people to love?
I believe Peer Ministry Leadership is the 101 class on love. It is the lab where real skills for living a real life of Christian love is experienced and given real applications to be lived every day, everywhere, and in every relationship.
It seems that everyone is talking about transforming the church. Maybe that is done with less talking and studying and more experiencing and doing the skills of love. I believe PML is about making the main thing the main thing!
Three resources are at our core, vital for helping people love. Peer Ministry Leadership for high school and young adults, Every Day Samaritan for your early teens, ALL IN Relational Ministry for adults. You need to take a serious look at these. I also hope you invite us to come work with your congregation soon!