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.

Church Consulting
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.

Leadership Training
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.

Grief Events
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.

Wedding Counselor/Officiant
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!

50 thoughts on “Speaking

  1. I cannot recommend this man strongly enough in words on a screen. Knowing Pastor John has truly changed my heart! I don’t know how I could have gone on had our paths not crossed at precisely the right time. In ways I do not fully understand, Pastor John helped me to salvage and integrate my crumbling sense of love for the Christ. Thank you seems so insignificant, but THANK YOU PJohn!

  2. An outstanding share! I’ve just forwarded this onto a friend who had been conducting a little research
    on this. And he in fact bought me breakfast because I discovered it for
    him… lol. So allow me to reword this…. Thanks for the meal!!

    But yeah, thanks for spending some time to discuss this topic here
    on your blog.

  3. I don’t know of any but will share. But if you are on the Port St. Lucie FL area, consider yourself welcome in our home for a meal and fellowship.

      • God has not made anybody Gay! If people were created gay, then they were also created pedophiles, adulterers, murderers, liars, cheats, and the like.

        • Please, being gay is not a sin. How many times do we celibate gay Christians have to explain that having a gay orientation is not a sin nor a crime. Please don’t equate us with pedophiles. Your comments are very insulting and bigoted. Shame on you.

          • I would agree that the proclivity, or orientation is not a sin. But acting on it is. First off, if you are a believer, you need to understand your identity in Christ. There is part of us the Apostle Paul calls “flesh” (Greek word is “Sarx”). There are many manifestations of the flesh, which are human ways to get legitimate needs met in illegitimate ways. No manifestation of the flesh is worse than another, or more of a sin if acted on. I do believe homosexuality is a manifestation of the flesh, so therefore it’s not chosen. One thing you have to realize if you’re a believer is that the “flesh” is part of you (see Romans 7:17,20), but it’s NOT you. For example, I have the propensity to eat or drink too much at times, to be a glutton or a drunk. But that is not my true identity, as my true identity is in Christ, my spirit. The problem of flesh is IN your body, but it’s NOT you. That is quite Biblical. Again, see the passages above. By the same token, no believer in Christ is really “gay”. Homosexuality might be in their flesh, but it is not who they are. This is not taught in probably 95% of churches, as most pastors do not even understand their identity in Christ. I am certain John Pavlovitz does not get this. There is no such thing as “being gay” … Yes, it’s a manifestation of flesh, but it does not define you.

  4. Great blog John! I found this via a link to your open letter to the father of the kid at Stanford, then proceeded to read through several of your other recent posts. It’s unbelievably refreshing to find someone able and willing to articulate these things in an open but respectful manner, while the majority of ‘outlets’ seem more concerned with creating divisiveness or simply flaming others.

    • There’s a big difference between “cashing in” and reaching out from a position of true concern and compassion. A person like John is clearly all about the latter.

  5. If you re-read what was wrote, I hope you find the point glaringly obvious. We, as Christians, are not to condone ANY sin. We are to be Christ like, and meet people where they are, not where we think we they should be. This was literally Jesus’ ministry. Dying for our sins was His mission. Teaching us how to live was His passion. You will never effectively minister if you are continually judging others. John 8:2-12 is a great example, but sexual sins aren’t the only relevant sins. Prejudice has no place in the church. It has never once paved the way for a lost soul. Yes, it’s a sin. Have you sinned in the last week? I have, several times. Please don’t mistake my point. This is not condemnation toward you. It’s to shine light into a dark and dying world. We are called to love, but we are also called to so much more than that.

  6. I grew up on a farm. Your comment, “even animals know better” is interesting, considering that there is considerable homosexual behavior among animals.
    As for the sin of Sodom, Ezekiel 16:43 enumerates them this way: “‘Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy.”
    May God bless you and lead you into God’s wonderful light.

    • That is a lie about homosexual behavior in animals. Some will attempt a sexual act if they are pardon the expression horny. They are still trying to perform the act as they would with a female. Nothing else. I have some homosexual relatives that I love but they are not to have sex.

    • Regarding the animals, which would have absolutely nothing to do with humans anyway, that behavior is usually about dominance. Ezekiel 16:43 says: Because you have not remembered the days of your youth, but have enraged me with all these things, therefore, behold, I have returned your deeds upon your head, declares the Lord God. Have you not committed lewdness in addition to all your abominations? And if you are suggesting God completely destroyed two cities and all their inhabitants for being arrogant, overfed and unconcerned, it seems unlikely.

  7. I am an atheist. Even so, I am overwhelmed with respect for John, and his refreshingly True Christian views. Yes, I’ve read the King James Bible, and I went to Catholic School. I’ve read the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth. Still an atheist, though I wish more “Christians” followed the examples and teachings of their god. John really puts meaning behind the oft scorned bumper-sticker “Jesus was a liberal”. This country, overflowing with Christian hypocrites, needs voices like that of Pastor Pavlovitz.

  8. As a recovering Catholic and a current member of an inclusive spiritual community that welcomes ALL and is led by a grounded gifted man who has transformed many around the globe to understand and embrace their oneness with GOD, I am so taken with your authentic posts addressing current issues, concerns and events. You are blessed and a blessing. I look forward to your posts and wish you much peace and abundance.

    • I rember being shocked the first time I read a different version of Cinderella where the ugly sisters were put into barrels with spikes on the inside and rolled down a hill. In another version the sisters weren’t physically ugly, just their behaviour was. Fascinating subject.

    • CL, my not nearly so uptight about human sexuality to grasp at objectification theory darling! Thank you!Stay at Aum mel and I are definitely seperate beings but now we’re joined by a single Thinking Blogger award. What a crazy fun world you’ve created. 🙂 I’m happy. Mel, are you happy?Now, off to spread the meme …

  9. Thank you, John, for your two most recent posts. The one that explains why we are grieving the way we are about the result of this election has helped me tremendously by articulating my emotions. I’d figured out some of it through the haze of my sadness and anger, but you nailed it. Thank you.

    • Yes and amen! Thank you both…John for the post-election articles and Timathea for your comments, my sentiments exactly!

  10. This election has stunned me. I am an immigrant and have lived here for over 25 years. In that time I have experienced what it is to be black and different in America but God has given me the grace to see it for what it is a deep spiritual sickness in the soul of this country. The willingness to ignore the obvious in this election only points to how sick this country and the church is.
    I think that the country was given an opportunity in 2008 to see what God created in the current sitting president. We were given an opportunity to shut the door on prejudice and did we blow it!
    I have been to so many prayer meetings where the agenda was prejudice under the guise of putting the president down for each and every policy he proposed, over time the rhetoric became less a reflection of God’s love and more a revelation of deep held prejudices that were, however, always covered with the love of Jesus. Instead of us grasping the opportunity of opening the heart of the church to God’s way of thinking we turned to this new president elect as the savior from bigotry. Now, only time will tell how the choices the US has made will benefit this country.

    • I am amazed at all the comments. Obama and Hillary have gone against EVERYTHING that is Christian in our country. Just the issue of abortion should be enough for Christians to realize. Give T a chance and see what he does

      • We gave him a chance….and he appointed a white supremacist as his chief strategist. We gave him another chance…and he appointed a known racist as attorney general. We gave him another chance…and all his economic appointments are Wall Street elite who crashed the economy. How many chances are we supposed to give him, exactly?

    • Pavlovitz is teaching & approves of pansexuality, aimed at teens and young adults. (sexual choice not limited to biological sex, gender, gender identity.)

  11. John, I am so impressed with your writing and I feel so much better about my FAITH and how I really feel about LIFE. It has been hard for me to realize that anyone of us in America would put Mr. Trump in control of our Country, Christmas is fast approaching and your Blog of Dec 9 2016 has been of great help. Thank you for being here for us.

  12. I guess I want to state something from the get go. I do not have a relationship as you do, with God. What I do have is a high functioning autistic daughter who believes herself to be pansexual and was raised for the most part by her dad, a homosexual gentleman in a longtime committed relationship. Despite our marriage not working out, he was an amazing dad, and most of the time, an incredibly giving and generous soul. After he passed away of a wretched and terrible illness, I had my daughter come live with me and my current husband. I have been married to this man over 30 years. I absolutely LOVE your words and your passion. You speak from the heart. You speak of a God of love, not hate. You speak of this shameful stooge we now have to bear for the next four years, and you know, essentially, that we blew it in electing this misogynistic, xenophobic, fear driven, stooge. We must stand together as Americans, not necessarily as Christian Americans, to get through this. I hope that you will continue to stand by the LGBTQ community and realize whether they be “God’s children” or “any god’s child” they deserve a place of sanctuary and freedom in my America. They deserve the rights of any other American. My ex-husband never got to commit formally to the man he had spent so many years with. I hope that if my child finds a life partner, no matter the sex, she will be allowed her full right to happiness.

  13. I absolutely believe in searching the bible for spiritual truth. The scriptures you quoted were compelling etc., but you absolutely and totally lost me “In all of God’s creation, even animals know better”. Those are the sentiments that keep those struggling with their sexually away from the church.

  14. Thank you, Pastor, for stating very clearly that Mr. Trump represents everything that our Lord was against.
    I’m Episcopalian and my church is also working in the same line as you.
    I signed for your newsletter.
    Blanca Acosta PhD

  15. I just found your lovely site. Thanks for putting this out there.

    One thing, I love the mosiac you’re standing in front of. Where is that ? Who made that?


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