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NEXT Church: Living Witness

The last post on NEXT Church ended with a question about what the church’s responsibility is in the face of a culture of individualized spirituality and disengagement from the establishment of church. Based on what I heard at NEXT Church, I will offer what this responsibility might look like if the church took action.

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NEXT Church: What is SBNR?

A significant theme of the gathering this year was thinking differently about the church in light of what sociology is telling us about church. People are participating less or not at all at higher rates than ever before. This is not news. The news is that many people are thinking and activing differently as a result.

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Conversations from NEXT Church

Each year I look forward to attending the NEXT Church gathering. Presbyterian pastors, elders, church members, and students from across the denomination and country gather for conversations around issues related to the future of the church. Among these people I discover people and communities full of imagination and possibility for the church and our church.

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Contemplative Prayer & Photography

Following the first class, people are invited to make their visual prayers by taking photos. Here are some suggestions below. If you want a primer, you can download the class notes.

Photo Assignment for January 25

  • Start each day asking God for wisdom and guidance to see with the heart.

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