Here’s hoping you and yours have a wonderful new year in 2019! For the Small-town Churches Network, 2018 was a quiet year, and in some ways the blog went dark for the year. The main reason for this is that I was finishing writing for my doctoral project which has been underway for a few years. I truly needed to step back and focus on my academic work so I could get it behind me. “So,” you may ask, “that means you’re finished right?” Well, sort of.
Here are the Power Points and a notes handout from the Praxis Gathering breakout, “The Art of Rural Neighboring” and the Friday night Place-Based Talk.
As I write this, Audrey (who is my wife for those who don’t know) and I are headed to Phiadelphia for the Praxis Gathering. Praxis is an annual gathering of hundreds of church planters and theologians from around the country, who come together to worship, and learn best methods and practices for forming new and pioneering ministries.
I want to let you all know about the Praxis Gathering Conference in Philadelphia next month! I’m honored to present at this year’s event, and will have the opportunity to share about neighboring in small town and rural ministry contexts.
I just ditched my entire sermon for tomorrow. Charlottesville demands it. Two hours from where I sit, Nazis, KKK clansmen, anarchists, socialist militants, and southern secessionists have clashed all day in the city of Charlottesville, Virginia. As I watch in horror and sorrow, and pray earnestly for clergy colleagues in the mix, I can’t help but wonder – “What if it was my town?”