why i believe in co-pastoring

kathyescobar church stuff, dreams, equality, the refuge, women in ministry 33 Comments

a few years ago i had never even heard of a co-pastor.   i knew about senior pastors, i knew about associate pastors and childrens & youth pastors and some churches, if they had really big budgets, would have a care pastor.  but during all my time in churches and ministry i never heard the word “co-pastor.”  i did always wonder “why is only one guy in charge?…how is that really a good idea?”  when the church i was on staff with  a few years ago lost …

the new conspirators

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i saw information on this conference a while back and was immediately intrigued.   i loved the the idea of conspiring new ways of living out our faith, the thoughts of the conversations that people would be having there about so many things i highly value.   i really wanted to try to pull off going but wasn’t sure if it was possible for all kinds of reasons.  then a few weeks ago i got an email from julie clawson, who moderates the emerging women’s blog and copastors via christus in the chicago area, asking …

the power of the ordinary

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this past week i stumbled on a quote at my friend makeesha’s blog by shane claiborne (one of my favorite voices for change in the kingdom of God). claiborne said”:  “get ready, people, God has prepared you for something really, really small!” oh i know that will really get the goats of so many people who believe the spiritual life is about moving mountains.  i am not discounting the importance of big dreams.  but what i have found is that many many people believe that because they …

a cup of cold water

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jose and i just got back from portland.  we went to hang out for the weekend with our friends deborah & ken loyd.  oh, it was good for my soul.  i was encouraged.  reminded that this is work worth doing.  challenged.  humbled.  these guys are the real deal and we left feeling more loved, less lonely, which always happens when we hang around other crazy people doing wacky ministry things that don’t make “sense.”  deborah co-pastors the bridge, which feels beautifully chaotic like the refuge (only with more tattoos and louder …

moving mountains

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wednesday night at our house of refuge sage facilitated a really cool thing on prayer beads (more on that next week with some pictures, too!).  he ended our conversation with an excerpt from one of martin luther king’s sermons.  man it was good!  so inspiring and so interesting that 40 years later (this speech was delivered in 1965) it still applies just as clearly.  you see, oppression is still rampant.  poverty keeps increasing, not decreasing.  hate is on the rise.  exclusivity is still tolerated.   i do …

8.9.06 from the refuge blog…My Love-Hate Thing with Community

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We’ve been spending the past few weeks talking about community at The Refuge. Everyone who knows me knows I love community. I love relationships. I love people connecting with God and each other. I love to see someone who thinks they are unlovable start to feel loved because I remember how much that meant to me a long time ago. But it’s not just a love thing. Please do not think I have some crazy idealistic view of community, thinking it’s a piece of cake to …