Kris Beckert

Sometimes the story feels like a rerun. It’s a story that seems to play out time and again: a church that is rapidly declining has a pastor or a denomination who sees the need for change, but he/she soon runs into the equivalent of a brick wall as they try to implement it. I’ve had […]

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Kris Beckert

Seasons change. In some places, the differences between seasons are more extreme than others. You may own both ice skates and a bathing suit to use in the same lake over the course of a year. Sometimes a season seems to stay past its welcome, while other times it seems like you pass through more […]

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Kris Beckert

It popped across my newsfeed as the snow was falling outside. The first significant snowfall of 2018 had arrived here in Virginia, and I was sitting at my desk in the church office, space heater on full blast, working on a list of goals and missions for the new year when a friend posted an […]

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Kris Beckert

Back in the 8th grade, I played softball. I played on two teams and loved every minute of my time behind the plate calling the pitches and getting dirty in collisions. I was the only member of my family who played a sport, and I couldn’t imagine playing anything else. Then one spring day in […]

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Kris Beckert

It was not a good weekend to have plane tickets. It just so happened that the weekend our Fresh Expressions US team was scheduled to go to Florida to lead a training retreat would also be the weekend a major snowstorm would hit the East Coast. Little did I know that in addition to praying […]

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Kris Beckert

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will […]

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Kris Beckert

For our church, Advent was going to be a little different this year. While church people have been preparing themselves for the coming of Christ throughout the season of Advent, the reality is that there is another group of people who have been preparing themselves for the coming of something else this December—The Force Awakens. […]

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Kris Beckert

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” He boarded the boat, not for a cruise or a fishing trip but for what he thought would be the next step in his ministry, his walk with God, his life. A recent seminary grad and new pastor, he had a deep desire to change the world, to […]

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Kris Beckert

I have a love-hate relationship with church league softball. Playing on a church team marked the debut of my adult softball life and I love to play softball. Yet, the more I thought about it, the more I wondered about its purpose and what could be its purpose. Every game, we played against other churches […]

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Kris Beckert

Gathered in a side room of a traditional church building turned artists’ church, we waited for the rest of the Northern Virginia Fresh Expressions Hub to arrive. As ministers and ministry entrepreneurs, we started talking about our churches but then somehow shifted to chatting about church faux pas. Tim Lomax, who was joining us from […]

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