On his website, www.preaching.org, Kent Anderson has written up the gist of a conversation we had over lunch today. (We both had deli-meat sandwiches ,by the way… and I bought!) Kent is a "teacher of preachers" at Northwest Baptist Seminary and the Associated
Canadian Theological Schools (ACTS) of Trinity Western University in
Langley, BC. I’m honored to say that he is becoming a trusted friend as well (though he has used a nasty photo of my face on his site!).
Kent has agreed to be the primary advisor for my doctoral thesis… which revolves around developing a way for existing churches to be missional in the years ahead. Said more boringly, I’m trying to develop a strategy for creating alternative expressions within existing local churches that optimizes a united missional effectiveness through generational transition. Yikes. I still haven’t yet found the right way to state this project… but Kent has helped articulate many of my wandering ideas on his blog. Please check it out! Here’s a sneak peak:
"I had a conversation over lunch with Ken Castor, one of my Doctor of
Ministry students, and a pastor at Brentwood Baptist Church in Calgary,
Alberta. Ken is beginning work on his dissertation project, trying to
think about how to stimulate new directions in an existing, traditional
congregation. His frustration is that many emerging young leaders like
himself have given up on the traditional church, opting instead to
create fresh new expressions of church, in essence writing off these
older churches as unredeemable relics of the modern world.
The problem with this kind of thinking, Ken suggested, was that…" [more…]