Reflections from the 2017 NEXT Conference by Tim Coombs

The theme of this past NEXT Church was “Wells and Walls.” Throughout the week the conference focused on the story of Jesus and the woman at the well in John 4, which was most convenient for everyone who would have be preaching on that lectionary text that coming Sunday!  Over the 48-hour event we heard five different wonderful sermons on different parts of the text, dealing with how Jesus sought … [Read more...]

Not Your Mother’s Interim Training by Elizabeth Shen O’Connor

Enlightenment isn't just a period in European history. It's a moment of immeasurable benefit when what you have been sensing in your gut is defined and confirmed for you by a reliable, outside source. That's what comes to mind when I think about my experience attending the Strategic Transitional Education Program or S.T.E.P. S.T.E.P. is a three-phase training course designed to equip those working … [Read more...]