One of the big things about Family Systems Theory, which I also preached about on Sunday morning, is that the system generally wants to stay stable. So if the the system change (like from this workshop) threatens some people's place in the system, they will work hard to bring it back to the way it was.
Perhaps they will do this by complaining to everyone except the Pastor about all that happened in church that day. Perhaps they will see if others will still listen to their negative speaking.
Hopefully, and this so far seemed to the be the case here, those desperate for a new way of doing church will have learned what they needed to learn Hopefully, even if it is imperfect and timid, those people will be sure Pastor knows who is complaining about what. Hopefully, Pastor is having a good day and is able to go directly to the people who complained, listen to them, and work with them to solve a problem of lack of education on a topic.
Hopefully the system begins to change. Be aware this can be a slow process, but so is all renewal work, and we trust that the Holy Spirit will guide us, and that this newfound knowledge will help us notice things and do things differently.
Pastor Jess is all about sharing the life-saving love of Jesus with the world. How she does it is up to the Holy Spirit.
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