the christmas story, friendship, and our crazy notions about neat & tidy.

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* today is the december synchroblog.  the topic is advent: tell me a story, places where we see God’s love & hope & peace & joy in the midst. i didn’t really write this post for the synchroblog, but the more i thought about it, the more it does fit.  it’s the crazy unexpected story i keep finding God in over & over again.   * * * * *  i love the christmas story.  it’s such a crazy, wild story.  God, choosing to reveal himself …

charisma, fairy dust and our addiction to kings

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last week we hosted a small gathering of co-pastors from 5 different communities/4 different states. it was a lovely, simple time centered on sharing the ups and downs of shared leadership and pastoring these kinds of nutty churches.  i have a lot of respect for people who co-pastor because it is a very unpopular & rare model in a world that loves to follow one strong charismatic leader and is used to being clear on “who’s really in charge.” i have a theory that as humans we …

out of the mouths of co-pastors, final post

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this is the final post in this series on co-pastoring, some thoughts from some friends who are doing the work in their own contexts.  to me, co-pastoring reflects different parts working together the way it’s supposed to be–one’s weakness is another’s strength.  it can come in all different shapes & forms, but the most important distinctive is leaders alongside each other as equals without one person at the top. i know this is a very specialized conversation and not for everyone, but i hope that some …

out of the mouths of co-pastors, part 1 of 2

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one thing i am notorious for is starting projects and taking forever to finish them!  if i have a deadline, i do. but if i don’t (and when it’s your own blog you can do whatever you want to do), i’m toast.  finally, i’d like to finish the co-pastoring series i started last year.  you can review the other posts here: why i believe in co-pastoring some thoughts on co-pastoring, part 1 co-pastoring, a video conversation, part 2 here’s what it looks like here, part 3 …

co-pastoring part 3: here’s what it looks like here

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i am in the middle of a series on co-pastoring or shared leadership, just processing some thoughts out loud about it because I think it is far under-looked as a potential model for leadership in communities & organizations.  you can watch the first two video conversations here: co-pastoring – part 1 co-pastoring – part 2 as i mentioned before, the refuge has always had a shared leadership model & our team has shifted over the past five years.  right now, we have four people—me, karl, stacy, …