Point of Origin

Point of Origin

A little more than a year ago, I told you all about the Compelling Preaching Initiative that was being funded by the Lilly Endowment. I told you all about how excited I was to be working with the Mountain Sky Conference on their application and how Bishop Oliveto (who...
Gone for Good?

Gone for Good?

Mark Elsdon, minister, author, and co-founder of Ministry Incubators partner Rooted Good says that 100,000 churches are set to close by 2030, and that that could be really good news for our communities. Elsdon, who’s first book, We’re not Broke, we covered on the blog...
After the Pyramids

After the Pyramids

Kathleen McShane has decades of experience leading churches to think innovatively. She is one of the founders of long-time Ministry Incubators partner The Changemaker Initiative, based out of Los Altos UMC in Silicon Valley, and this week, she released her new book,...
Seriously Fun

Seriously Fun

When I first spoke with Jarrod Conyers, he was not like I expected him to be. Mark DeVries had asked that I meet with this man he knew who was working on translating the entire bible into emojis. Mark had seen one of the books and loved it and wanted to see if we...
Building Arks in our Spare Time

Building Arks in our Spare Time

One of the most fun parts of my work with Ministry Incubators is the opportunity I have to lead an “Innovator’s Cohort” through Hood Theological Seminary, alongside my friend and colleague Kerwin. The cohort is made of church leaders who are all looking to do...
The Justice Imagination Lab

The Justice Imagination Lab

Sometimes the most significant barrier between where we are and where we’re being called to go is simply a lack of imagination. We get easily sucked into patterns of what is and what always has been, so when we see an invitation to new work we are called into, we...