Two Mantras

Our mantra might be “If it is difficult and demanding, then maybe it is of the Spirit.” Another mantra might be “When the promise is clear and the cost vague, watch out, the evil one may be wooing you. But when the cost is clear and the promise is vague–yet there is something alluring, something…

Greystone Presbyterian Church, Oklahoma City

Greystone Presbyterian Church in Oklahoma City is experiencing transformation. Around 2008 Greystone was considering closing the church, due in part to dwindling, graying membership. At that same time they call a young pastor, Timothy Blodgett. What happened next was a lot of conversation, prayer and an unexpected offer from a neighboring church to buy the…

A Day of Reflection and Discernment on the Past of a Particular Church

One of the events scheduled during the Interim period is something I refer to as  “A Day of Reflection”  The idea for these events came out of “Bible Studies for the Journey” found in the book Temporary Shepherds: A Congregational Handbook for Interim Ministry by Roger S. Nicholson.  This is simply my account of how I…