Alan responds to the growing anxiety he is seeing amongst clergy. There is an invitation to lay down these growing anxieties in a proper confidence that God is at work.
Alan Roxburgh reflects on going back to “normal”. He shares concerns and what might, in fact, be possible.
Alan address the questions he’s hearing about how we can’t just “return to normal” in our churches. There is a call to be “Luke 10” people.
Previous articles described the place where we find ourselves as leaders in terms of grief and trauma and proposed a basis of hope. Beyond technique and method Christian hope begins with the conviction that this is God’s creation. God is making all things new, reweaving a torn and shattered creation. This narrative of hope is about … Read More
Hope is what you get when you suddenly realize that a different worldview is possible. – N.T. Wright …faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. – Hebrews 11.1 In the short article, The Mood of Our Moment: Grief and Trauma I sought to describe what is … Read More
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
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
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
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
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
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 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