The Mood of our Moment: Grief and Trauma

The Mood of our Moment: Grief and Trauma

September 23, 2020By Alan Roxburgh

What is going on? Over the past six months of listening to church leaders we’ve been asking questions like: What’s the mood among leaders just now? What do they need? How can we assist them? We’re learning some things in this unraveling of our time: We can’t assume we know where leaders are at and … Read More

Discipleship in our Moment: Connection

Discipleship in our Moment: Connection

September 9, 2020By Alan Roxburgh

We’re feeling increasingly disconnected from one another as once normal ways of connecting are taken away from us. This struck me most clearly, as a profound introvert, when my wife Jane and I visited the Okanagan wine region of British Columbia several weeks ago. I know I should have known this but there was hardly … Read More

Discipleship in our Moment: Grief and Hope

Discipleship in our Moment: Grief and Hope

September 8, 2020By Alan Roxburgh

One of the questions shaping this moment is about discipleship. What does it look like in a time of multiple crises? Over the coming months we want to talk together about this question in the Missional Commons. We’ll be doing this through a series of webinars, Facebook Live events and Intensives. Over this Labour Day … Read More

Reflect Together on Your Experiences

Reflect Together on Your Experiences

August 26, 2020By Fiona Watts

There is an inkling among many of us that there is much to be learned from the past number of months. Some of these lessons are wide and broad in scope. Others are very grounded, immediate and personal. Considering the past few months in retrospect will give us some good clues to finding a way … Read More

Focus on the Work of your People

Focus on the Work of your People

August 10, 2020By Fiona Watts

Time spent limited to our own homes and immediate neighbourhoods has had a profound impact on everyone. Those who struggle with loneliness can’t wait to be able to gather with others again. Those who have challenging family relationships have been pushed to the brink, and in some cases, beyond. There are other situations where new … Read More

Don’t Get Caught up in To-Do Lists

Don’t Get Caught up in To-Do Lists

August 6, 2020By Fiona Watts

As we continue to adjust to the ongoing pandemic and experience further restrictions, or start to slowly open up, we are faced with many “to-do” lists. Items like determining building capacity while maintaining safe physical distance, arranging for additional cleaning services, communicating plans for re-opening all need to be attended to and checked off our … Read More

Postures and the Stories we Live In

Postures and the Stories we Live In

July 8, 2020By Alan Roxburgh

Postures are demonstrated in how we show up. They give shape to the nature of the actions that we take. If practices are what we do, postures are the spirit in which we do what we do. The postures we take as leaders arise out of the stories we live in. If we don’t know … Read More

What’s Next? Leading Out of the Crisis

What’s Next? Leading Out of the Crisis

June 10, 2020By Alan Roxburgh

These are demanding days for us all. In conversations with leaders across North America it’s clear the Covid 19 crisis is fundamentally changing what it means to be communities of God’s people. It is challenging what it means for us to be leaders in this time. You’re wrestling with issues of how to manage the … Read More

Emmaus Road

Emmaus Road

April 15, 2020By Alan Roxburgh

Across social media, lots of us are trying to give some frame to this unexpected, out of our world experience of massive isolation brought on by the seriousness of this pandemic. We are all searching out images, metaphors, and narratives that will help us make sense not just of what is happening but where this … Read More

Whole Gospel Living

Whole Gospel Living

April 15, 2019By Sara Jane R. Walker

What is the connection between the Great Commission and joining God? This is a question that we hear in all kinds of ways in our work with pastors and congregations. Is joining God some new idea or program? How does it square with our understandings of evangelism or social justice? On April 10th, 2019, joined … Read More

Getting Beyond Ideas: Joining God in the Neighbourhood

Getting Beyond Ideas: Joining God in the Neighbourhood

February 15, 2019By Fiona Watts

Our congregations, parishes, communities of faith continue to play a vital role in participating in God’s mission bringing wholeness and redemption to the world. Pastors are tasked with the often daunting, but rewarding, responsibility of helping their people discover the ways the Spirit may be nudging them to join God’s work in the world and, … Read More

Congregations Joining God

Congregations Joining God

November 23, 2018By Alan Roxburgh

I want to catch you up on some of the learning we’ve been doing around this journey of joining God. I am seeing a strong push by the Spirit for congregations to re-engage with the mission of God and reimagine church from the ground up. This is happening. I am greatly encouraged by the hope-filled … Read More