Activating Transformative Leaders in Communities and Cities
Christian Hospitality Opens Doors
Q Commons Director Duncan McFadzean shared this story and we wanted to pass it along:
I recently finished Rosaria Butterfield's book "The Gospel Comes with a House Key: Practicing Radically Ordinary Hospitality in Our Post-Christian World" - it was a deeply challenging read - at one point I was muttering to myself "but that's fine, you're clearly an extrovert and you find all this open door stuff easy" and then in the next paragraph I read:
"We introverts miss out on great blessings when we excuse ourselves from practicing hospitality because it exhausts us. I often find people exhausting. But over the years I have learned how to pace myself, how to prepare for the private time necessary to recharge, and how to grow in discomfort. Knowing your personality and your sensitivities does not excuse you from ministry. It means that you need to prepare for it differently than others might."
That section alone convicted me! So....as we run into the weekend and you're preparing for Q Commons and The Power of We, here's some reflections from Rosaria on what hospitable Christianity looked like in her life. I hope this is encouraging and inspires you.
Our Q Commons Panel will be discussing the ways in which hospitality, initiative and loving our neighbor opens doors that we never could have expected.
Meet the Q Commons Local Panel
Donna has been serving churches as Executive Pastor, Director and Administrator for more than 30 years. But her greatest passion is to support social justice issues and local and global compassion projects. Donna is currently the Executive Team Manager for City of Refuge, a non-profit dedicated to be a place where the needy, oppressed and victims of sexual abuse come for physical, spiritual, and emotional support. As a veteran of community relations and outreach, she mentors young leaders on how to establish healthy partnerships with city schools, organizations and local businesses.
Brad Squires is a business and community entrepreneur who is passionate about creating healthy, sustainable organizations. As a technology leader, Brad has helped to develop and launch software applications that drive thousands of businesses worldwide. His broad skillset ranges from architecting and coding software applications to marketing and selling technology to creating and managing organizational culture leading to long term success of a business.
Christina Espinosa currently serves as the Director for Guidance and Counseling at Sacramento City Unified School District. She is responsible for guiding the work of School Counselors in the middle school and high school space. She moved to Sacramento from Fresno California a little over a year ago where she held a similar role within Fresno Unified School District, the 4th largest school district in the state of California. She will discuss some of her experiences over the last year as she navigated the complexities of a new job, moving to a new city, searching for a new church home all while staying focused on the “why” she was called to Sacramento.