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A New Direction

Dear friends,

Many of you have journeyed with me since this website began in 2009 as MissionalWorship.com. It started as a consulting and coaching service for congregations looking to engage in worship renewal. In the past decade it has changed shape a few times, all the while maintaining an emphasis on training and apprenticing congregations in faithful worship.

Since last year I have been engaging in deep reflection on my role in the life of the church. I am a pastor and an academic, but have felt lost and adrift personally and vocationally for some time. It has been a difficult period as I’ve lost friends and battled within myself to come to terms with a new reality. As I have done the difficult work of discernment, I have discovered that my place in the church is not what I imagined it to be. I am working to cut loose the tight bonds of dreams that no longer burn in my soul but that I felt an obligation to fulfill.

This website will become a simpler place as I work through my own reflections on  worship and the nature of Christian ministry in a world full of chaos, aggression, and grief. You will notice that all previous posts and pages on the site have been archived. This is a day of new beginnings, as the hymn says. I don’t know the exact shape of things to come. I imagine it will be part reflection, part prayer, part poetry. It will be messy, much like the crafting of worship that I continue to do each week in parish ministry. In the end, I hope you will continue to journey with me.

With gratitude,
Christopher