One of my greatest passions is traveling around the world going deeper into the subjects I write about here, and to engage in real-time conversation with people in their communities.
Below are just a few ways I’d love to serve you in this capacity.
I can craft an extended learning/reflective experience tailored to the specific needs of your community. Whether it be for general spiritual formation, a student event, parenting help, a church staff transition, coping with grief, or other areas, I will work with you to create something meaningful for you and those you serve; to provide a space to rest, grow, learn, and worship.
LGBTQ Church Ministry
As a fully affirming pastor with nearly two decades of in-the-trenches ministry experience, I can help your community begin the process of becoming a more welcoming, loving, and fully inclusive church regardless of your theological perspective. This means addressing not just the nuts-and-bolts programming aspects, but the critical relational ones as well.
This is one of the most difficult roads to walk down for faith communities, and it is one of the roads I feel most equipped to walk alongside people on.
As a 19-year local church ministry veteran, with nearly a decade spent as part of the Leadership Team of one of the largest United Methodist churches in the country, I can help your leadership assess their current staff structure, programming menu, and the unique community you serve, to give you a plan going forward; whether you desire to grow numerically, to reach new communities, or to nurture the health of your community.
One of my great loves is helping people serve both better and smarter; working on their practical skill sets as well as their own spiritual and emotional health. Invite me for a one-off session or more extended time to encourage and affirm your leaders, and to help your staff grow together.
I’ve written and spoken extensively on the difficulties of walking through what I call The Grief Valley. I would be honored to craft a seminar or retreat to help bring some healing to those in your community who are hurting and dealing with loss.
Progressive Student Ministry
One of the great challenges churches face is how to reach and minister to students in a non-rigid, less legalistic environment. As a current Student Pastor walking this out in real-time, I can help your Student Ministry Staff create a curriculum and calendar that reflect your specific community, and care for those leaders in the process.
It’s a joy to gather with couples to help plan their wedding, but more importantly to help prepare them for marriage. If you need someone to help you begin this exciting chapter of your life, please let me know.
For those or any other speaking inquiries, please contact John here.
I’d love to visit you!