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Reading: “The Other Half of Church: Christian Community, Brain Science, and Overcoming Spiritual Stagnation”

First Trinity’s Executive Ministry Team (EMT)* makes a practice of reading and discussing books together, to help us continue to grow spiritually and professionally. We thought we’d share those books here, in case you’d like to read them, as well. I loved this book! “The Other Half of Church” explores the connection between brain science and spiritual growth–life transformation. It turns out that what we “know” (the facts, information, and truth of the Bible) is only one half of what…

Just Like a Day

When we were dating, my husband would occasionally quote these lines to me, from the movie “The Jerk.” The Steve Martin character says to his girlfriend: I know we’ve only known each other four weeks and three days, but to me it seems like nine weeks and five days. The first day seemed like a week and the second day seemed like five days. And the third day seemed like a week again and the fourth day seemed like eight…

Reading: “Next: Pastoral Succession that Works”

  First Trinity’s Executive Ministry Team (EMT)* makes a practice of reading and discussing books together, to help us continue to grow spiritually and professionally. We thought we’d share those books here, in case you’d like to read them, as well. The EMT just finished reading “Next: Pastoral Succession that Works“. We chose it because we’re realizing that, staff-wise, First Trinity is in for many changes over the next decade. Our staff is aging and many are growing closer to…

Unreal

Shortly after my husband and I started dating in 2002, I began sensing the Holy Spirit’s presence in my life in ways that I never had before. I felt unusual promptings to speak with specific people about specific, sometimes awkward things; I felt a primal urge to spend time in worship, needing to sing or listen to songs of praise for hours at a time; I had a prophetic dream that was clear and made sense, unlike most of my…

Best Practices for Ministry Conference Report

8 staff people and two spouses from First Trinity were able to attend the Best Practices for Ministry Conference in Phoenix, Arizona in February. Here’s a brief report to give you an idea of our experience. We were so very thankful to be able to attend and saved money over two budget years to pay for our hotel and airfare (the conference itself was free!).  If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask any of the attenders! Best Practices…

Reading “A New Kind of Leader” by Reggie Joiner

First Trinity’s Executive Ministry Team (EMT)* makes a practice of reading and discussing books together, to help us continue to grow spiritually and professionally. We thought we’d share those books here, in case you’d like to read them, as well. We’re just finishing up with “A New Kind of Leader” by Reggie Joiner. The book was recommended to us by Director of High School and Youth Ministries Rebekah Freed. The subtitle for the book is “What You Believe Can Open…

Where is God when I feel alone?

As an introvert, I like my alone time. Sunday afternoons are spent crashing on the couch or playing computer games by myself after a people-filled weekend. If I don’t get that alone time, I get cranky and grumpy. Being able to schedule and keep alone time is critical for my health. But what happens when you aren’t the one choosing the “alone” time? Many people struggle with feeling lonely, even when surrounded by people. Whether you’re an introvert or an…

In Praise of Facebook and Fridge Friends: Where is God when I feel alone?

I have a dear friend who is 91. She raised four children, as I am doing now. A few months ago, eating dinner together, she said to me, “You’re lucky to have Facebook.” I stared at her. Did she just say I was lucky to have that thing I have a love-hate relationship with, that I feel guilty about spending too much time on, that people use to say things they would never say to someone’s face? Furthermore, I’m used…

My Thoughts on 10 Years at First Trinity

The church held a celebration event for me this past Sunday for my 10 years at First Trinity. Some of those who weren’t able to make it asked if I could share my words from the event, so here they are… Sue told me I’d get to say a few words today, which I took to be about 20 minutes, so bear with me.  Sue and I actually joke about how I don’t have feelings, but rather have “thinkings”. So…