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NEXT Church is teaching elders, students, educators, church members, youth leaders and ruling elders who care about the flourishing of the church of Jesus Christ in ways that are relevant to our communities.

FROM THE BLOG

The Best a Pastor Can Be

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As a pastor, I am increasingly conscious of how patriarchal norms affect my own leadership norms. I have experienced pastors who charmed with charisma that bled into emotional manipulation, that feigned a lack of hierarchy until any call for accountability would cause him – it’s always a him – to suddenly pull rank as the ordained holy man. Is this the best a pastor can be?

You, Me, and White Fragility: Open Letters from the NEXT Church Co-Chairs

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Without being accusatory, it seemed like those earlier moments that I struggled with were actually examples of white silence and the white solidarity that it promotes. Both of which, as you know Robin DiAngelo discusses in White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism. But I also wonder if it's me or did you also notice a shift in our co-leadership once we read White Fragility along with the fuller NEXT Church strategy team?

Scripture, Poetry, and the "Irrational David"

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My copy of this book will be full of underlining and coffee stains as I return over and over to see what Ken has to say about the text I’m preaching on. His words often say what I intuit, but am not yet able to articulate.