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People Who Inspire Us #5


Katherine Leary Alsdorf: Founder and director emeritus of the Center for Faith and Work at New York City’s Redeemer Presbyterian Church. Katherine is co-author with Tim Keller of Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work (Dutton, 2013). She now works with City to City Australia and is based in Sydney. Here is where […]

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January 18, 2016


The Hatch-a-thon Experience: Rev. Laura Bratton


Guest post by the Rev. Laura Bratton, senior pastor of Laurens Road United Methodist Church in Greenville, South Carolina and Executive Director of Ubi Global. What in the world is a Hatchathon? I asked myself the same question when I learned about the Hatchathon taking place in March of 2015. I had no clue what […]

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January 14, 2016


Meet a Missional Entrepreneur


I sure wish this were the church doing this. But props to Chad Hauser, the visionary chef behind Cafe Momentum in Dallas: Café Momentum, a Dallas-based restaurant and culinary training facility, transforms young people’s lives by providing a positive environment in which at-risk youth who have spent time in juvenile facilities receive intensive culinary, job […]

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January 12, 2016


People Who Inspire Us #4


Marlon Hall: Storyteller, filmmaker, cultural architect, and founder of The Awakenings Movement, a grassroots community of social visionaries and culture shapers in Houston, Detroit, and Nairobi. Hall serves on the faculty of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity School. The Awakenings Movement Hall’s advice on  imagination. See some of Hall’s work  here.  NOTE OF INTEREST: Marlon […]

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January 11, 2016


Is a Hatch-a-thon Right for You?


  We get that question all the time. Here’s how to tell: You have a sense that “the angels are stirring the waters” (John 5:1-9)—maybe in your church, in your life, in your community, or just in your stomach–and you wonder if God might be nudging you to jump into something new. To clarify: You […]

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January 7, 2016


What In the World Is a Hatch-a-thon?


Okay… so I might have made that word up. But it seemed apt. You’ve probably heard about business incubators and student entrepreneur clubs that sponsor “hackathons”—those super-intense 24 hour periods where tech-savvy young entrepreneurs gather, and with “their powers combined,” they spend 24 hours developing a bunch of apps aimed at solving a community problem. […]

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January 3, 2016


People Who Inspire Us #3


PEOPLE WHO INSPIRE US – We think they’ll maximize your creativity, because they sure do a number on ours To help inspire you, we are posting a list of a few of the people who inspire us. This is where we really need a massive Google doc, because you have your go-to “creativity maximizers” too. Feel […]

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January 2, 2016


People Who Inspire Us #2


PEOPLE WHO INSPIRE US – We think they’ll maximize your creativity, because they sure do a number on ours To help inspire you, we are posting a list of a few of the people who inspire us. This is where we really need a massive Google doc, because you have your go-to “creativity maximizers” too. Feel […]

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December 28, 2015


Because We All Need Some Inspiration Right Now


PEOPLE WHO INSPIRE US – We think they’ll maximize your creativity, because they sure do a number on ours Whether you are planning a dozen worship services, preparing for Christmas parties or working on finals, this is the time in Advent when we all need just a little bit of inspiration to help us get […]

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December 18, 2015


REGISTRATION IS OPEN for the 2016 Ministry Incubators Hatch-a-thons!


February 25-27, 2016   Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat CenterLake Junaluska, NC$255 per person*Register here   March 2-4, 2016 Institute for Youth MinistryPrinceton Theological SeminaryPrinceton, NJ$369 per person*Register here If you are:   An early stage missional entrepreneur or ministry innovator… A church leader with an idea for sustainable ministry that you want to test […]

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November 30, 2015


Finding the Hungry Hamster


– Kenda Creasy Dean One of my fabulous students, Amber Slate, led a terrific discussion today on Gallup’s Strengthfinders. She told us to beware “the hungry hamster” —referring to a strength that is over-used. Sometimes it goes rogue, cannibalizing so much of our time and energy that we never get around to nurturing our other […]

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November 17, 2015


The Drake Prayer


Thanks to entrepreneurial youth minister Matt Overton, for digging up this prayer – it says better than I can what I hope God will do with Ministry Incubators. And with me. (To join the entrepreneurial youth ministry conversation, go here). The Drake Prayer Disturb us, Lord, when We are too pleased with ourselves, When our […]

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September 29, 2015


Begging or Making a Life?


It’s a pendulum swing: the self-sustaining fellowship of believers, and the practice of begging—two time-worn ways we have learned to support ministry.  Whenever we get seduced by the risks of one, somebody shoves the pendulum in the opposite direction. A quick (oversimplified) refresher course: In the earliest days of the church, Christians were a self-sustaining […]

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September 15, 2015


New Video about the Farminary at Princeton Seminary


Ministry Incubators’ affiliate Nate Stuckey and the Farminary at Princeton Seminary just released a video about this exciting new project. Check out the video below and learn more about the Farminary here. The Farminary at Princeton Seminary from Jordan Brady Loewen on Vimeo.

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August 17, 2015


Are You Leaving Youth Ministry?


Anna (not her real name) is a fellow lifer in youth ministry. We’ve been friends for more than two decades. Last summer over ice cream, I was telling her about Ministry Incubators. I couldn’t tell if I heard a twinge of betrayal in her voice when she said: “I just think it’s fascinating that after […]

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August 14, 2015


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