I love the Church. I love the Church of the Nazarene. I am glad to be a Nazarene, and I hope I’ll always be a Nazarene. My grandparents are Nazarene, and I hope my grandchildren will be Nazarene.
That’s why I work so hard to change the Church of the Nazarene. My loyalty and my expectations are equally high. When I criticize, I hope it’s constructive. When I lament, I attempt to give voice to our collective prayer that we will get better together.
Even so, sometimes, it’s good simply to celebrate what is good. Sometimes, we need to remind reformers why we stay, why this is a family worth investing into. Sometimes, we need to remind traditionalists that - even in the midst of our work for change - we still value our ecclesial tribe.