Instructor-Assisted Deployment

I spent this past weekend in Ontario as the guest of my friend and Doctor or Ministry colleague Peter Bartlett. He was being installed (though they much more appropriately call it a covenanting service) as the co-pastor of Eastminster United Church in Belleville, Ontario.  You can watch a video of … Read more about Instructor-Assisted Deployment

Chicago Presbytery Reboot

On Friday I suggested that instead of tweaking calcified denominational systems, perhaps what is needed most is a reboot. I further suggested that perhaps the best place to start is in local presbyteries. What would it look like to start from scratch by studying our mission field(s) and designing a … Read more about Chicago Presbytery Reboot

Presbyterian Reboot

In the past, I've written about my fascination with the practice---common with comic books and movies---of rebooting an entertainment franchise in order to update it for new audiences. The idea is too preserve the core of the story, but make it more relevant and compelling for contemporary … Read more about Presbyterian Reboot

Non-Geographic and Micro-Presbyteries

I guess I just can't help myself. Here's a post on Presbyterian ecclesiology. Feel free to tune out. I've written about my disappointment that the Mid Councils Commission recommendation to allow experimentation with non-geographic presbyteries didn't gain any traction at the PC(USA) General … Read more about Non-Geographic and Micro-Presbyteries

Mid Councils Reform: Failure to Launch

In a not entirely surprising---though no less disappointing---series of events, the Mid Councils Commission report was gutted and mostly rejected at the General Assembly. Though I still hold out some hope that the issues we raised will generate discussion and perhaps even innovation in our church, I … Read more about Mid Councils Reform: Failure to Launch

Non-Competitive Christianity (Part 2)

Yesterday I outlined a vision of non-competitive Christianity that primarily focuses on articulating and living out the gospel as we each understand it rather than engaging in endless polemics with Christians who understand the gospel differently. In a helpful comment, Michael Kruse adds insight and … Read more about Non-Competitive Christianity (Part 2)