The church is preparing to enter into the season of Pentecost. Why is this something to which we should pay attention? Very simply, we could use the help! Pentecost reminds us that the church is founded upon the supernatural gift of God’s reconciling energy given in the person of the Holy Spirit. The church is always tempted to invest its faith in technique, gifted leaders, traditions, polities, technology, wisdom, and more. While many of these things might be helpful for our situations, we can very quickly become uncritically dependent upon them. God grants us the heady opportunity to partner with his kingdom purposes using our ingenuity, however, that should never be the source of our mission and ministry. We, like the first church, are called to wait for the Spirit’s empowering, learning dependence as we are sent into the world.