In his New York Times bestselling book, The Benedict Option, author Rod Dreher comments, “a tree that is repeatedly uprooted and transplanted will be hard pressed to produce healthy fruit. So it is with people and their spiritual lives” (65). Dreher goes on to commend a portion of an ancient rule of life, the Benedictine rule, which had monks take a vow of stability, which meant they would stay in one monastery for their whole lives.
While such a commitment is radical for most of us, there is still wisdom is sticking with something for an extended period of time. It is for these reasons, first and foremost, that we commend membership at Holy Spirit Anglican Church. Membership represents a commitment on our behalf to put down roots and grow through good times and bad, as long as God enables us, with this group of people in this place. Such a pledge is not one-sided, but one meets the response of the church family, ‘as you grow with us, we will grow with you.’ As we seek to be good soil for the word of God (see Mark 4), we can learn from agriculture and understand the need to stay planted to grow.
If you have not become a member of Holy Spirit Anglican Church, I invite you to investigate this option. If you have questions, feel free to ask any staff or vestry member.