“strap in, we’re going down”

kathyescobar church stuff, dreams, incarnational, jesus is cool, leadership, the refuge 13 Comments

i got back last night from DC and the first tranFORM network gathering.  it was a great weekend in all kinds of ways, but of course by far the very best part were the people.  such kind, humble, passionate, nutty, real courageous men & women who love Jesus & people & have hope for the church. i won’t be able to recap all of the ins and outs of the weekend, but over the upcoming weeks hope to share what i can here and there.  for …

the church of the 99 or the 1?

kathyescobar church stuff, jesus is cool, leadership 26 Comments

iwhen i knew that i was going to be speaking/teaching/facilitating/whatever you want to call it in africa (yeah, i am not too into the word “preach”) i spent some time reflecting on what to share, which passage, which direction to go.  i was nervous because as you all know, i’m a little on the not-so-conservative side, ha! our host and friend told me from the very beginning–just bring the message of the refuge here. to me, that is the message of the gospel in action through …

the difference between “cultivating communities” and “building churches”

kathyescobar church stuff, dreams, incarnational, leadership, the refuge 33 Comments

“christian communities continue the work of Jesus.  they are sent to be a presence to people who are living in darkness and despair.  the people who come into these communities also respond to the call and the cry of the weak and the oppressed.  they enter into the covenant with Jesus and the poor.  they meet Jesus in them” – jean vanier like the word “pastor“, i think the word “church” has become gravely misunderstood. i have many a friend ask me why i am still …

rethinking the word “pastor”

kathyescobar church stuff, leadership, women in ministry 77 Comments

i have had this post swirling around in my head for over a year now and am finally taking the time to put these thoughts about the word “pastor” in black-and-white. 6 years ago on january 1st i went on a church staff as a “pastor.”  looking back, the whole thing is so weird because i never thought of myself as a pastor even though i’ve really being doing it in some weird shape or form since i was a teenager.  my graduate degree is focused …

leadership lessons when you want to run for the hills

kathyescobar church stuff, healing, leadership, the carnival in my head, the refuge 7 Comments

hey, did i scare everyone off  with that last post?  i hope not!  one of the things you non-bloggers need to know is there’s nothing worse than putting something a little risky out there and not getting very many comments!  and one of the things all you bloggers know is that part of this journey is just letting that be okay.  thanks, conrad, for your courage & beautiful story of redemption.  the reason i feel so compelled to tell these stories is because they are shared …

i’m pretty sure this leadership book won’t make it on the bestseller list

kathyescobar church stuff, crazy making, jesus is cool, leadership, synchroblog 38 Comments

note: this is part of the monthly synchroblog. in honor of today’s election the topic was leadership.  you can check out all the links below. * * * * * i don’t go to christian bookstores very often. every time i end up there i always have to call a friend or two to share an utterly ridiculous bestseller title & gripe about the christian industry and the craziness that sells.   too many books on the bestseller list about “conflict-free living”, “move on, move up” …