Faced with mounting criticism from the core group at Circle Church, I made a personal attempt to stop reacting and refrain from taking defensive postures. I tried to determine if my motives had been of good intent, and finally advanced to the hardest type of self-examination: discovering areas where I may have unintentionally wronged people for whom I cared.
It was definitely a year of attrition. I went around humming certain bars from “Camelot,” the stage play that was later put on film.
Don’t let it be forgot that once there was a spot For one brief shining moment that was known as Camelot.
Not intimidated, the staff decided to make a conceptual change and concentrate on the members rather than on the general attenders. It was at this point that we were soon to re-find our floundering identity.
In the midst of our difficulties, there was a change in leadership of the officers of the church Board. The position of chairman—decided almost by default as there didn’t seem to be anyone else left with the energy to solve our unanswerable conundrums—fell to a young architect, John Hiltscher, who was making a name for himself in his field, and who, along with his wife, had been helped by me in personal ministry. Through the year we had become quite close.
After we made the Board change, Laura and John invited my wife, Karen, and me to their north side apartment for dessert and a discussion regarding the direction of Circle Church. With John’s impressionistic paintings staring down from all walls, with the jungle of plants lurking in the comers, we settled comfortably in the contemporary furniture, and began to poke and probe intellectually.
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