Your Message Matters (Convergence Leadership Project)
Becoming a Public Theologian for the 21st Century
Many of us were raised to think of the gospel as an evacuation plan for heaven, the church as a warehouse to store souls until they’re shipped to their final destination, and the pastor as the warehouse operator. But we are discovering a revolutionary new vision: first, of the gospel as a transformation plan - focused “on earth” rather than “in heaven”; second, of the church as a training center for contemplative spiritual activists, and third, of the pastor as a leader in God’s mission in the world. How can your preaching, leadership in worship, pastoral care, organizational planning and leadership, and personal example be transformed by this vision? That’s the focus of this eight-week intensive - for current and potential pastors, church planters, and lay leaders who want to see themselves not just as pastors of the church, but as pastors from the church, with concern for the whole world.
Brian D. McLaren is an author, speaker, activist, and public theologian. A former college English teacher and pastor, he is a passionate advocate for “a new kind of Christianity” – just, generous, and working with people of all faiths for the common good.