Coming up in August, we will feature a worship series called Off-Limits. Our goal with this series is to have heart-felt, genuine conversations about tough topics you care about. So, how will we know that you care about them? Because you got to vote on the questions you want covered! Below are the results from the polling we've held over the past few weeks on Facebook and our website. Thank you so much for voicing your opinion. We are so looking forward to exploring these tough topics alongside you.
Click on a section of the below charts to see the topic associated with the percentage. If you're having trouble viewing polling results, CLICK HERE.
Fair warning, we weren't joking when we said these are tough topics. The reason that we're calling this series "Off-Limits" is because we want to dive into the topics that the church has been afraid to address in the past. We want to wrestle with the questions that make us all uncomfortable because we believe it's worth it. When we open our eyes to see beyond our own personal experiences, we grow together.
Two of our core values at Trietsch are Biblical Relevance and Radical Love. So with each topic, we plan to address it with Biblical relevance, grace and understanding, and, of course, lots of love. We will not tell you what to believe or how you should think, but we will present you with multiple perspectives from scripture, Christian traditions, and cultural context from the past and present. We hope this will help you start a dialogue to form your own opinion.
Some things to remember throughout this process:
- Love first
Above all else, respond with love. We're covering topics that even our pastors may not see eye to eye on, but remember we are a family in Christ. We love you, and we want to listen to you, learn from you, and care for you. Keep God's love at the center as together we marvel in awe at the beauty of God's grace and mercy for each of us.
- Be open and gracious
You might see some topics that rub you the wrong way or even make you angry. Please know it is not our intention to cause harm or hurt. We are simply seeking to start a conversation. If you are instantly angered by a topic, please take a moment to reflect on why that topic elicited those feelings. Reach out to us so that we can talk to you about it. You probably have something to teach us or a different perspective that is valuable.
- It's okay to disagree
Not only is it okay to disagree, but we encourage you to voice your opinion and start conversations in a respectful, grace-filled way. A church is made up of many different people with different backgrounds, mindsets, and interpretations of scripture. We believe this is a beautiful thing. Help us make this a safe space for all people to feel heard and appreciated for their differences.
- Join the conversation
Along with this series, we will host weekly group discussions in August to expand on the subjects we're covering. Please be part of these conversations, whether you agree or disagree. We understand it's easier to post a response or opinion online through social media, but we ask that you refrain from doing this and join us for an in-person discussion. You may have insights to share that can only be fully comprehended and appreciated in a face-to-face environment.
With any questions, thoughts, or concerns, please reach out to one of our pastors.
Rev. Daniel Humbert, Senior Pastor
972-539-8547 ext. 210
Rev. Doug Meyer, Associate Pastor of Caring Ministries
972-539-8547 ext. 242
Rev. Karen Chraska, Associate Pastor of Worship Arts
972-539-8547 ext. 211
Rev. Clay Horton, Associate Pastor of Serving Ministries
972-539-8547 ext. 302