St. Eugene laying the smack down – again.

“The pastors of America have metamorphosed into a company of shopkeepers, and the shops they keep are churches. They are preoccupied with shopkeeper’s concerns–how to keep the customers happy, how to lure customers away from competitors down the street, how to package the goods so that the customers will lay out more money. Some of…

Pastor: Congratulations. You are unnecessary.

 “As pastors, we are unnecessary to what our congregations insist that we must do and be: as the experts who help them stay ahead of the competition. Congregations want pastors who will lead them in the world of religious competition and provide a safe alternative to the world’s ways… They want a pastor they can…

Epic Fail Pastors Roundtable: coming to Chicago next month

After having just finished a meaningful time in Denver for an Epic Fail Pastors Roundtable our planning team is excited to announce we are hosting another Roundtable event next month. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Epic Fail Pastors Events, these are incredibly unique – different from other ministry conferences or seminars you’ve probably…

Arriving scared and hopeless. Leaving excited and hopeful.

Last week we hosted another Epic Fail Pastors Roundtable – this time in Denver. Epic Fail Pastors events are safe spaces to talk about the dangerous F word. Failure is difficult, but failure in ministry can oftentimes be excruciating. It was rich. It was sacred. It was heartbreaking. And it was hopeful.  Though this was our smallest…

Israel/Palestine trip registration is open

As I wrote earlier, I’m so excited to be helping lead a trip to Israel/Palestine next spring – especially since it is a unique trip exploring biblical sites as well as a dual narrative exploration of justice issues. You can read about the trip here – and the trip is open to anyone who is…

[ 3 ] brief thoughts on failure

Today I leave for Colorado to help lead and facilitate the Denver Epic Fail Pastors’ Roundtable with a group of courageous pastors and leaders who are willing to process their failure in light of the gospel. Each event we host is unique and different, each carrying with it stories of hurt and hope. I find…

Significant questions worthy of reflection with others

Yesterday I visited one of our house churches within Renew. In our little Jesus community, we’ve been wrestling the past few months with this idea of a theology of vocation and calling. The house church used Romans 12 (our key text in this exploration of vocation) as a springboard into further questions they asked and…

Churches, its not about the container

Last week I helped lead a Fresh Expressions Vision Day in South Bend, IN. I shared one of my favorite analogies: the Costco milk container.  Several months ago, we bought milk at Costco. Big mistake. If you’ve bought milk at Costco before, you know exactly what I’m talking about. The jugs had a cool new…

Potential Band Names: Part IV

For those who know me, you know I have a fascination with developing potential band names (read more here).  It’s been a while since I offered up some good ones. Here they are – in no particular order: Aftershock The Ketchup Conundrum (off of a Malcolm Gladwell essay) Backyard Imagination Busted Sling (would be great for…

Leaders and the Questions They Ask

 As I mentioned before, I’m leading a few breakout sessions at the National Student Leadership Conference at Taylor University on The Leader as Question-Asker. The art of asking significant questions is a topic I’ve been studying rigorously for the past several years. In fact, I have been writing the material for this breakout session in my head…