Kris Beckert

“Waffle House,” he said. “What I miss most from living in the South is Waffle House. You don’t know how many times I’ve visited that place—sometimes in the middle of the night since it was always open.” That’s how the conversation went as a group of us were expressing our breakfast food convictions while packing […]

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I have lived in Fluvanna County since 1987.  We’ve bragged that we’re one of the fastest growing counties in Virginia, but that’s because we were so small to begin with.  The entire county houses about 25,000 people – about half the size of nearby Charlottesville.  But hey, we did get our first stop light in […]

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I’ll admit it: the moment I walked in the doors as a pastoral candidate two days out of seminary, I was seduced.  The new church extension had it all: an artful foyer, spacious offices, a state-of-the-art kitchen, and a multi-purpose hall filled with sport equipment.  What got me wasn’t just the rooms themselves but what […]

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Gannon Sims

Brian McLaren’s recent commentary at Patheos.com gives yet another example of the either/or approach that leaves the church stuck in neutral. Whether you agree with him or pray for him, on this issue McLaren gets this much right: For the most part, seminary grads are pleased with their education. All too often, churches without a […]

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I’ve published a book on the issuu.comweb site and it’s for pastors and members of churches that were thriving in the fifties but are now struggling to survive.  It’s free, it’s online, and you can read the whole thing in less than an hour. Here’s an excerpt from the introduction: When my daughter, Ellie, was […]

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A little over a week ago, my cousin-in-law Josh, asked how one might go about transitioning traditional churches into “something more missional at its core.” Since I have banged my head against this wall for years in several different churches, my response will be a mixture of, “here’s where I failed,” and “here’s what I […]

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If a living organism doesn’t in some way have a body, would we still call it living? If a church is meant to be an embodied witness of the gospel, but is only seen together in worship gatherings, is the church-as-body metaphor still appropriate? If the church is essentially a gathering for commuters, is there […]

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Chris Backert

It’s no surprise to any church leader (or most members for that matter) that, regardless of denomination, the church in the western world is undergoing transitions of seismic proportion, the likes of which have not been felt in several hundred years. The challenges are twofold. They are external (rooted in the cultural shifts at large) […]

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With a vision for parents with preschool-aged children, this Missional Community connects with preschool families in our community. Through these connections, we hope to build relationships of trust, resource the needs of new parents, provide a community of mutual support, and create a safe space to explore questions of faith, family, and parenthood. In all of […]

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The Roots and Shoots Missional Community is focused on responding to hunger needs within our region. Through a community garden, off-season ideas like canning classes, and celebration festivals throughout the year, we will provide a place for people to grow their own food, learn healthy and sustainable habits, and give back to help others in […]

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