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Monday Morning Musings

October 15, 2007 1 comment

This past Friday and Saturday I was part of “Always Reforming: Reformed and Always Reforming”. I was apart of the planning team for this event so my opinion is obviously biased. But I think all in all this Presbymergent event was a success.

This weekend I presented a workshop entitles “Emergence in Traditional Churches: Traching Existing Faith Communities to Speak a New Language”. The idea of the workshop was to help those serving in existing churches respong to “emergence”. I defined emergence as the call of the Holy Spirit to reach out to people currently not being reached by that faith community. One person commented to me that this topic wasn’t being discussed in other venues so it was good to hear that my voice added something

A few weeks ago I presented an introductory workshop on Youth Ministry as part of a teacher training workshop. I went through some basic theological and practical foundations of Youth Ministry and then delved into some “how to” material.

In doing these two workshops I learned a few things. The first is that Youth Ministry is really my thing. I was able to present my talk with ease and address questions without too much trouble. I feel as though I’ve read enough of the “major” works in Youth Ministry and that I’ve been doing it long enough that I can speak with some level of authority and competence. I think my topic this past week was a more difficult one and perhaps a bit more uncharted which contributed to the challenge.

The other thing is I now realize that in a presentation it’s easy to sound like you know exactly what you’re doing when in reality you still have the same struggles as everyone else. Now that I’ve done presentations I don’t think as highly of the speakers I’ve heard at Youth Specialties. No doubt they were good at what they did, but they had their good times and bad times as well.

In any event presenting was a ton of fun and I hope I was able to help some fellow journeyer in the work as part of God’s work in the world.


January 27, 2007 1 comment

A  new website has been introduced for people in the PC(USA) who are interested in all things Emergent

Check it out – it looks like it could hold great promise.

Doug Pagitt

October 8, 2006 1 comment

This weekend Emergent Pittsburgh hosted Doug Pagitt, Pastor of Solomon’s Porch as the keynote speaker for “The Heart of the Missional Church.”

Doug has been gracious enough to post his comments on his podcast in 17 15-minute mp3 files. This is especially helpful since we lost the emergent pittsuburgh recordings for the whole afternoon session. We’ll have our recordings of the morning session available this week (they’re slightly better quality since we recorded them out of the sound system) and eventually we’ll have a video of the event available.

New Podcast…

September 23, 2006 2 comments

The latest release on the Emergent Pittsburgh podcast is available… it’s an interview I did with Terry Timm, Lead Pastor of Christ Community Church of the South Hills.  This is another preview of the upcoming Heart of the Missional Church Conference.

Another church is thinking different in Pittsburgh…

September 13, 2006 Leave a comment

Great article this morning about another church in Pittsburgh that is “thinking different” in their approach to ministry

Another common link – this one also involves a Pittsburgh Seminary graduate

Congrats to The Open Door…

September 9, 2006 Leave a comment

The music of The Open Door, pastored by my friends BJ Woodworth and John Creasy is featured on this week’s Emergent Podcast… check it out

An Interview with BJ Woodworth

September 2, 2006 Leave a comment

I interviewed BJ Woodworth, lead pastor of The Open Door, for the Emergent Pittsburgh Podcast.  Two weeks ago I interviewed Doug Pagitt, also for the Emergent Pittsburgh Podcast.  You can find them both here 

Don’t forget – The Heart of the Missional Church, October 5th-7th