By Kelsey Ligon
One of Zionsville’s oldest churches has welcomed a new senior minister and chief dreamer: Rev. Tyler Thompson.
As senior minister, Thompson will be a spiritual leader, teacher and preacher. As for his role of chief dreamer, Thompson says he is still figuring that one out.
Thompson delivered his first service at Zionsville Christian Church on June 5. He described it as a “wonderfully exciting day, truly a day packed with energy of new beginnings.”
Part of Thompson’s dream for the church is encompassed in a saying that has emerged from the Christian Church: “All means ALL.” Thompson believes that every person and every question should be welcomed and valued.
Thompson believes that an obstacle facing many churches today is a desire for quick and easy answers to difficult and important questions, and he sees his job as guiding people to value the discomfort that comes from uncertainty, the importance of faith and the ability to wrestle with tough questions.
He also believes many churches are on the cusp of great change. He views this moment in history as an opportunity for renewal and growth rather than fear. He is excited that ZCC embraces these demands for change as part of the journey of faith.
Thompson hails from Hoosier country. He grew up in Vincennes and attended Vincennes University before going to Texas Christian University and Christian Theological Seminary.
“Zionsville’s warm hospitality really draws folks in,” he said. “It is certainly drawing me in.”
Having worked as an associate minister and senior minister in churches in Tennessee, Thompson is excited to be back in Indiana and contributing to his home state.
In describing this move, Thompson explained that while transitions can be stressful and messy, they can also be beautiful because “transitions remind us that life is happening and that we’re lucky to be a part of them.”