How Will #nextchurch2015 Know If It Worked?

NEXT Church is next week! I’ve enjoyed blogging about past NEXT Church gatherings, for examplehere,here, and here. This week I’m sharing four questions I’m bringing with me to my favorite annual gathering of Presbyterians [full disclosure: I helped plan this one]. Here’s my first question: Here’s my second question: Here’s my third question: And now my fourth […]

What Impact Will Young Adults Have on #nextchurch2015?

NEXT Church is next week! I’ve enjoyed blogging about past NEXT Church gatherings, for examplehere,here, and here. This week I’m sharing four questions I’m bringing with me to my favorite annual gathering of Presbyterians [full disclosure: I helped plan this one]. Here’s my first question: Here’s my second question: Now my third question: what will be the […]

What Can Non-Pastors Do with #nextchurch2015?

NEXT Church is next week! I’ve enjoyed blogging about past NEXT Church gatherings, for example here,here, and here. This week I’m sharing four questions I’m bringing with me to my favorite annual gathering of Presbyterians [full disclosure: I helped plan this one]. Here’s my first question: And now my second question: Will this gathering equip non-pastors to […]

NEXT Retrospect: Charlotte

The fourth NEXT Church national gathering is next week in Minneapolis. I’ve been to each of these gatherings so far, and I’ve come away each time with lots to think about and experiment with. This week we’ll look back at the first three NEXT gatherings and suggest things I’m looking forward to at this year’s gathering. The NEXT […]

NEXT Retrospect: Dallas

The fourth NEXT Church national gathering is next week in Minneapolis. I’ve been to each of these gatherings so far, and I’ve come away each time with lots to think about and experiment with. This week we’ll look back at the first three NEXT gatherings and suggest things I’m looking forward to at this year’s gathering. I posted […]

NEXT Retrospect: Indianapolis

The fourth NEXT Church national gathering is next week in Minneapolis. I’ve been to each of these gatherings so far, and I’ve come away each time with lots to think about and experiment with. This week we’ll look back at the first three NEXT gatherings and suggest things I’m looking forward to at this year’s […]

“I Don’t Know How To Lead People”

Last week a friend said to me, “I don’t know how to lead people.” He’s a pastor– been one for 10 years. Last month an Elder scribbled a note during a meeting of our Christian Education and Leadership Commission and slid it to me: “We’re not training any leaders!” Yesterday I read this on the […]

NEXT, Galvanize, and Institutional Change

Reading this article about alternative tech education a day after John Vest lamented NEXT Church’s apparent unwillingness to “rethink theology and ecclesiology in the rapidly changing contexts of ministry in 21st century postmodern, post-Christendom North America” is making some synapses fire. First, John’s objection: three years into its existence, NEXT seems no more willing to grab […]