Church Planting


Table 229: Come Hungry. Come as You Are

Table 229: Come Hungry. Come as You Are

February 25, 2018

Table 229 is a dinner church centered around connection, authenticity, and shared leadership. It is...


May 1, 2013

In his backbreaking effort at naming a “startling new role for religion in the Modern and Postmodern world,” Ken Wilber makes some audacious claims that I believe need to be at the heart of any discussion of new ministries in American Christianity. Ken is, by all accounts, a social scientist...

April 23, 2013

One morning, not long ago, I awoke from a vivid dream that has really stayed with me. The day before, several of us were exploring that Antoine St Exupery quote that says, “”If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them...

April 22, 2013

The Reverend Christopher Carlisle devoted twenty-six of his thirty-one years of priesthood as the Episcopal Chaplain to the University of Massachusetts, concluding his tenure as Director of Ministry to Higher Education for the Diocese of Western Massachusetts.

Beyond the alternative...

April 2, 2013

Before you know what kindness really isyou must lose things,feel the future dissolve in a momentlike salt in a weakened broth.What you held in your hand,what you counted and carefully saved,all this must go so you knowhow desolate the landscape can bebetween the regions of kindness.How you ride...

April 1, 2013

For more on this series of videos offering assistance with starting a “mission-oriented young adult group in your church”, follow this link:

April 1, 2013


That day I saw beneath dark clouds,the passing light over the waterand I heard the voice of the world speak out,I knew then, as I had before,life is no passing memory of what has beennor the remaining pages in a great bookwaiting to be read.


April 1, 2013

Quick Update on 1st Mark work around New Church Starts and Missional Initiatives:

In the course of conducting a church-wide survey of new ministries (less than ten years old), I have spoken personally with 90 of our Bishops and hope to have completed conversations with the remaining and...

March 29, 2013

It was right in the middle of the busy-ness of the Episcopal Church’s 77th General Convention that Robbin Brent Whittington came to me and asked for an interview. (Robbin is the Curator at the Center for Spiritual Resources, hosted from Asheville NC.) She asked me, “What are you observing here...

June 11, 2012

May you have the grace and wisdom to act kindly,learning to distinguish betweenwhat is personal and what is not.May you be hospitable to criticism.May you never put yourself at the center of things.May you act not from arrogance but out of service.

May you work on yourself, building up...

October 7, 2010

Editor's note: This piece was updated Oct. 21.

As I reported in Religion Dispatches, in recent years, one can find an increasing number of Anglicans, Catholic and other mainline church leaders, who are rethinking how they "do church." The reasons for this shift in thinking are myriad and...