Advice to Churches, Part 2: Don’t Do It All

I’ve been involved in small churches for my entire Christian journey. For much of that journey I’ve watched Christians gazing at larger churches and pining over the “bigness” of them.

Fiction-less Tuesday – Writing Update

After two and a half years of doing “Fiction Tuesday” it feels odd to not be posting part of a novel on this day of the week! To help balance out how odd this feels I wanted to give an update on the projects I’ve got underway.

A Sad “See You Soon”

Last night I said goodbye to a friend. Pastor Ronnie and his family had been part of my life since September of 2015, when they showed up in worship and he let me know he was looking to plant a Brazilian Baptist congregation. Central had been one of several churches identified as possible locations by…

Goals

I’m often asked by other pastors what my goals are for my pastoral ministry. It’s actually a question I have some difficulty answering. It’s not that I don’t have goals. I do. The goals I have for my pastoral ministry, however, are often not the “traditional” goals which pastors set. See, when I listen to…

Getting the call

As part of our Annual Session celebration this year, The American Baptist Churches of New Jersey is putting together a book of pastor testimonies. These are to be based on one of several journey themes, and be limited to 200 words! As my contribution to this project, I wrote about how I got called to…

Pastoring the Misfits

I pastor a strange church. A few years ago I began to refer to it as The Land of Misfit Christians 1. It’s about as good a description as any. Central Baptist is filled with people who have odd senses of humor, a goofy relationship with formality, and an uneasy truce with social convention. We…