As leaders, we began quite apprehensively. A process that involves being assessed by peers, council members and members of the congregation for adaptive leadership capacities was for me and other a bit scary. After all who wants to hear the ministry would benefit if they changed the way they lead? Read More
When I arrived at St. Matthew’s, St. Paul in September 2005, I was delighted to encounter men, women and children not only of Norwegian, Swedish, and Irish ancestry, but also from Uganda, Nigeria, Jamaica and the Philippines. The Holy Spirit had placed our church close to the St. Paul Campus of the University of Minnesota, International Student Housing, and Luther Seminary. Men, women and children who had grown up in the Anglican Church abroad connected with us because our worship reminded them of home. Read More
“What’s the most interesting and the most challenging thing you’ve discovered so far?” The answer surprised me: “The most interesting thing is that it’s vague,” he replied. “It’s also the most challenging.” I must admit, I wasn’t expecting that answer. I don’t think I’ve ever heard “vague” and “interesting” in the same sentence before.
This exchange took place when I stopped in at a meeting of the congregational Guiding Teams a short while ago. These are teams of 3 to 5 people from congregations participating in our renewal process as facilitated by TMN’s Alan Roxburgh. We have six Guiding Teams participating in this first phase and they come every 3 to 4 from all across our synod for face-to-face meetings. I try to stop by and see what they’re up to – or more accurately – to see what God is up to. Read More
Josh Smith, a pastor from California, tells some of the story of the church plant he has been involved in in Monrovia, CA. Josh reflects on the importance of being called forth, that vocation is not something from the inside, but is the Spirit calling us from and into the local.