charisma, fairy dust and our addiction to kings

kathyescobar church stuff, co-pastoring, leadership, the refuge 27 Comments

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 …

power is not like pie.

kathyescobar church stuff, equality, leadership 25 Comments

friday night my amazing & wise & passionate friend pam hogeweide was at the refuge for a really fun event centered on her book unladylike: resisting the injustice of inequality in the church. a listening party, it was a chance for women & men to share stories and process some of these tough issues of the oppression of women in the church.  it was an amazing night & stirred up all kinds of loveliness.  over the next few weeks i’ll try to write a few things …

kings.

kathyescobar advent & lent, church stuff, jesus is cool, leadership 17 Comments

yesterday was palm sunday.  i love the easter story; in fact, this week is my very favorite week of the entire year.  like advent & the anticipation of Jesus’ birth, i love the upside-downness of it all.  Jesus, the promised king, the messiah, all grown up, enters into jerusalem to a roar of “hosannas!” and the thrill of impending victory.  people were excited, inspired, drawn, hopeful.  they were ready for him to kick ass and take names, to topple the empire and restore justice. he’ll make …

there are a lot of ways to pastor

kathyescobar church stuff, incarnational, leadership 31 Comments

 “in his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. so if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you.  if your gift is serving others, serve them well. if you are a teacher, teach well.  if your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. if it is giving, give generously. if God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. and if you have a gift for showing kindness …

seeds matter.

kathyescobar church stuff, dreams, equality, incarnational, injustice, leadership 10 Comments

i have a black thumb. like if anything green enters my house–plants, flowers, yes even cactuses, within a week or two they are completely dead. it is funny to me that i ended up with this imagery from my post 2 weeks ago–plant new trees.  i was amazed by how so many resonated with it and now i, the worst-grower-of-anything green, am going in for round 2 on the tree metaphor! i also wanted to clarify something important about tree planting.  trees just aren’t “church plants” …

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” …