My job itself operates into two spheres – on the one hand, I am the campus minister for our Protestant Christian students. On the other hand, I am also chaplain to all religious and spiritual communities beyond the Christian umbrella. I am the chaplain for Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, those who identify as spiritual but not religious, and so on.
The blog series that NEXT Church will publish this month is full of diverse stories of committed ministers serving God in a multitude of beautiful and unexpected ways. Reading these stories has stretched and inspired me, and made me excited for the church and the future of ministry. I hope these stories stretch and inspire you as well.
We received several submissions for Ignite presentations – and we’re thrilled to share the five we’ve selected for the NEXT Church National Gathering in less than two months!
We have done all of this, not just to be nice people, but to welcome “the stranger” as Jesus would have us do (Matthew 25:35), being “doers of the word and not merely hearers” (James 1:22), and always receiving so much more from this experience than we have given. Welcoming refugees has rewarded me with some of the most faithful moments of my life.
We humans often have a bad habit of “othering” people. By that, I mean we look at someone’s life that seems very different than our own, and we place them in some category at a remove from our concern.
Tamara John, director for the Hope for Life Chapel RV ministry, and Tom Cramer, presbytery leader for vision and mission for the Presbytery of Los Ranchos, are teaming up to deliver a testimony during the 2017 National Gathering. Here’s a sneak peek into Tamara’s RV ministry.
As pastors and yogis, we have been processing how we bring the most transformational elements from our yoga practice into our work as ministers. We wonder what might change if we thought of our faith as a practice rather than a set of beliefs?
What if Tuesday morning worship at the NEXT Church National Gathering in Kansas City was led by a band entirely crowdsourced from NEXT Church conference attendees?
Today we’re excited to announce our preachers and testimony speakers for the 2017 National Gathering!
We are pleased to present our 2016 annual report, which details the highlights of the year and gives thanks for the generous donors who continue to make our work across the denomination possible.