Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

I found this on Ian Mobsby’s site:   Dave Fitch – the Cultivate Talk on Missional Orders  from Bill Kinnon on Vimeo.  It’s a different (he says “very American”) approach to church planting.  This is from an evangelical pastor.  But it’s about living in a post Christian world, and the need to start with a community that can support you through the rough times, and the need to sink roots into your community and interact with those in need.  And it’s about formation as a community that is empowered to do ministry together.

At our clericus today Dean Baker talked about how changes being proposed in our budget and the the apportionment structure reflect new directions for our diocese.  The realities of the world around us have changed.  Kent McNair noted that in a diocese of some 70 congregations, since the 80’s, more than 20 congregations that had full time clergy then no longer have full time clergy today.  And I noted that some of our congregations who have been in clusters can no longer support those clusters today.  A number of churches which used to have more than 1 full time paid clergy can no longer support more than 1 full time paid clergy.  This, in spite of being larger than they were when they had more than one clergy. (more…)

Our Deacon Bob Olsen and his wife Sandy set off today on about a months travel.  Initially they will be moving back and forth along the Canadian/US boarder.  Then they will return on the historic Lincoln Highway.  Bob is keeping a blog on which interested parties can track their travels.  You can find it here.