Cheryl McCarthy

“Which way does Your wind blow? That’s the way we want to go.” – Andrew Ehrenzeller “The wind blows wherever it pleases.” – John 3:8 The question is, “How do we know where the wind blows in order to go that way? Jesus, where is Your Spirit moving and how can we join you there?” […]

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Imagine, if you will, a ‘Village of God.’ Over here is a quiet area, with simple cabins for personal retreats, a labyrinth, an inter-faith chapel. Over yonder, some ‘downsized’ business people are getting job application and resume coaching. In the lounge of one of the partner churches, some pastors are studying next Sunday’s readings together. […]

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If there were ever a time to party, we figure Easter’s it. From the beginning, one of our hopes for our church has been that we would be a community that, like Jesus’ first community, gathers around the table for meals and stories. Our sense is that these meals at All Souls’ table are an […]

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London, England, 1991. I was an awkward 16 year old seated by myself in my history class at school. My awkwardness stemmed not only from the turbulence of adolescence. To add to my agonies I was a Christian, a desperately unpopular choice in my world. Even my kindest friends thought I was weird. I agreed; […]

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Carey Sims

In the midst of overscheduled lives and increasing demands, how do we gain access into busy lives to share the good news?  As we think about Fresh Expressions of church and this idea of meeting people where they are – dare I say, interrupting their lives, I am reminded that sometimes people want to be […]

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How to start explaining what a Celtic expression of Christian faith has to say to the Fresh Expressions movement? Why, with a story, of course. Oswald was a member of the Saxon royal family of Northumbria, a 7th-century kingdom covering a large part of northern England and southern Scotland. His uncle seized the throne, when […]

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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’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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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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