SACRED DIRT Beth Ann Estock
Mystical Sensibilities, Spiritual Practice, Community Formation and other such Compost
I recently spoke to Paul Nixon about coaching and he mentioned you. As I looked you up, I saw that a number of people I am involved in ministry with are also friends.
Gosh, I should have added this tidbit of info. I am working on planting a house church network in Blythe, CA area.
So good to find others who are intrigued with the beautiful simplicity of house churches!
I am sorry that I am late in responding to your post on Sacred Dirt. Who are you connected with in ministry that I might know?
Beth, I am a participant in Elaine Heath’s church planting class which skype’d you earlier this week. I have some follow up questions for you and I am hoping you might be open to future convesations……. I, too am primarily a contemplative and I feel called to help share this orientation with others. I am eager to find partners and guides who can speak into my journey as I step further into God’s call to share His love with others.
I look forward to hearing more about your journey and call!
Hi Beth, Congratulations on your book. I look forward to reading it. I also Look forward to connecting. Here is some work you may find interesting that came from my recent Louisville Institute Pastoral Study Project. http://www.heartsrest.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Spiritual-Ecosystem.pdf
So good to hear from you. Thanks for sharing your study project. I wholeheartedly agree with your spiritual ecosystem. I think you will find “Weird Church” a thoughtful companion to your work. Let me know the next time you get to PDX. I’d love to see you.
Hi! I attended your Weird Church book signing in Portland several months ago and picked up one of your books. It is very thought provoking and puts into words some of my “hunches.” I am curious if you have come across any “weird” churches that are successfully being an inter-generational community of worship in contrast to age segregated worship.
Thanks for your question. Yes, weird churches are for all ages! One church in Washington that reflects this is “Valley ad Mountain” in Seattle. Others include “After Hours” in Denver, “Stories at the Edge” in Colorado Springs, Colorado, “Life in the City” in Austin, Texas and Hope.Gate.Way. in Portland, Maine.