This series highlights participants at the national gathering in Minneapolis on March 31st – April 2nd, 2014. Presenters, preachers, teachers, and leaders were asked the same five questions and their thoughtful responses may be found here every week. The goal is to introduce you to people you’ll hear from in Minneapolis and prime the pump for our time together. Hopefully, something here will spark an idea, thought, or question for you. We encourage you to reach out and initiate conversations that you can later continue in person.
Jeff Krehbiel is one of the Paracletos coaches who will be co-leading a workshop on the learnings thus far in this church revitalization project.
1. Tell us about your ministry context.
Church of the Pilgrims is a small, historic, largely young adult congregation in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington, DC, with a long history of social justice, and a recent history of creative worship.
2. Where have you seen glimpses of “the church that is becoming”?
In Epiphany, we asked four members of our congregation to preach, telling their own journey of faith and vocation. They were beautiful and awe-inspiring. It’s only when pastors get out of the way that liturgy truly becomes the work of the people.
3. What are your passions in ministry? (And/or what keeps you up at night?)
My passion is helping people discover their own agency—as leaders, as citizens, as disciples.
4. What is one thing you are looking forward to at the NEXT Gathering?
Being inspired by great stories of churches doing bold things, and being with beloved colleagues (OK, that’s two things).
5. Describe NEXT Church in seven words or less.
Living into the church that is becoming.