Category: Worship

This Week’s Links

Tuesday means, its time for the links.  As always the case, I entrust to you different things I have read or found in the past week for your reading, thinking, and reflecting pleasure.  This week’s categories are:  Church and Ministry Thought and Leadership; Cross-Sector Collaboration; Leadership Thought, Practice and Theory; Neighbor Love; and Miscellaneous Thoughts

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A response to “Hello, My Name is Church” with more thoughts on the congregation as a place of welcome, sought, and accompaniment

Following up on yesterday’s discussion and pondering about the implications on the congregation, a friend of mine shared this poem from the Huffington Post on Sunday. Here is an excerpt: My name is church.  I welcome the: Hypocrite Dry Self-Righteous Shallow I welcome the: Sincere Passionate Forgiving Selfless I cannot shut my doors to the

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All Are Welcome, Sought, and Implications of Accompaniment for the Congregation

It’s been a couple weeks since the last post in this series. Now its time to return and continue the conversation.  As I asked, how is a congregation to really be an “all are welcome,” and “all are sought place?” How is a congregation to help its people grow in their ability and willingness to embody

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This Week’s Links

It is Tuesday again.  That means its time to provide some links to things I have come across and been reading or thinking about this week.  As always, I offer these to you for your enjoyment, thought, and reflection.  This week’s categories are:  Church Stuff; Cross Sector Collaboration and Thought; Leadership; Neighbor Love; and Worship.

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This Week’s Links

It is Tuesday, so by now you know what that means.  It’s time for the weekly offering of links to stories and things I found interesting this past week and think you might enjoy or find helpful too. So without further adieu, here are this week’s links. The categories are as follows in alphabetical order:

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Accompaniment

As I mentioned in my previous post, “All are sought,” which built off of the concept of “all are welcome,” I want to expand on an idea of accompaniment, something the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America seems to be moving towards embracing more and more. Accompaniment in this sense means meeting people where they are

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“All are Sought”

What might it mean that all are sought?   We pick up the conversation from last week where we discussed the idea of “all are welcome.”  If the church, and its congregations are going to actively claim that “all are welcome,” I believe it needs to take seriously the conception that “all are sought.”  So

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The Implications of “All are Welcome”

Recently, I had the privilege of having a Facebook conversation with a pastor friend.  He was openly wondering questions about welcome and what that really means after having read Nadia Bolz-Weber’s Pastrix. I think my pastor friend unwittingly gave me the start of a series of blog posts, so we’ll see where this conversation takes us.

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