What are we doing up here? It's a combination of various things:
I've started a doctoral program at Luther Seminary in Congregational Mission and Leadership.
We are participating in the life of Woodland Hills Church. While I do some contract work with them, we are primarily focused on the way God is calling us to relate as a part of this community. Shawna has preached there three times and she did such an incredible job that she is preaching again in June. Here's the link to a message if you are interested.
Shawna is a stylist at a clothing store called Hot Moma and she is loving it. It's great to see her fulfilled in her work.
I am doing editorial work for Greg Boyd's ministry ReKnew along with a couple of other ministries.
I continue to do contract work as a publishing consultant, editor and ghost writer. New doors are already opening up on this front due to the proximity to key clients in the Twin Cities.
The Center for Community & Mission
Shawna and I have started a non-profit ministry so that we can raise money for three things:
- The development of discipleship and leadership resources that promote healthy community and missional living. The first such resource, Difference Makers, hit bookstores last year. The next we will publish through The Center and it will be available in 2014. I am wrapping up a book entitled Leading Small Groups in the Way of Jesus for IVP that will be released Feb 2015. Shawna and I will be writing a book together entitled In Search of a Beautiful God.
- I continue to consult and to coach churches to help them develop small group systems that promote healthy patterns for connecting people while also equipping churches for mission. If you know of a church that needs help with small group development, training in missional church life, or if they need teaching or preaching that relates these areas, here's the link.
- We are developing video curriculum and training along with additional written resources that will be made available for free when our new website goes public. I'm hoping to get Shawna on more of these since she is so much better than I at the video thing.