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National Pastors Convention–Book Release

posted by Robert Gelinas

I'm here in rainy (and kind of cold) San Diego for the  National Pastors Convention.

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My book, Finding the Groove:  Composing a Jazz-Shaped Faith,  is being released here (and will available everywhere beginning in March).  

I'm teaching two workshops.  The first is on my book and the other is about Marginal Christianity. Here are the descriptions…

Finding the Groove:  Composing a Jazz-Shaped Faith
You don’t have to be a musician to experience the renaissance of a jazz-shaped faith.  Jazz is more than music and it’s the more that we can creatively apply to prayer, scripture and church life.  The concepts of call & response, syncopation and improvisation allow us to experience ensemble community—life in concert with and for our God.

Leading a Marginal Church:
Jesus said that his gospel was good news to the marginalized and the miserable, the poor and the poor in spirit.  This session will focus on the values, convictions, habits and practices of leaders who hear the cry of the vulnerable and call their congregations to spend themselves on behalf of the poor.

 

Looking forward to seeing a lot of my blog friends here as well…



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daniel so

posted February 11, 2009 at 12:21 am


Robert – I just wanted to drop by and say how much I appreciated your seminar @ NPC today. I shared with my wife your ideas about pastoral leadership and jazz drumming (along with many of your other insights), and they resonate so deeply with both of us.
So much of leadership material takes the rock band approach where, as you said, the band plays with the drummer. We’ve been gravitating towards the notion of the jazz drummer you described; watching and listening from the back, laying a solid rhythm upon which the other instruments can solo and improvise. Our heart is to awaken the dreams of our friends in our church community.
Thanks again for all of the great thoughts. I can’t wait to read the book!



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Pam

posted February 11, 2009 at 3:28 pm


I was just at Town and Country last week to work the Children’s Pastors Conference – loved San Diego and was hoping our paths may cross, but Rebecca said you wouldn’t be there until Monday (I left Sunday). I know Margaret Feinberg is there, you two should really connect. She lives in Morrison and I see a lot of similarities in your worldviews.
If you see the booth in the Exhibit Hall for International Network of Children’s Ministry (or Children’s Pastors’ Conference)say hi – the lady there is my boss (who hopefully will not be laying me off anytime soon :-) – you know I love ya, right? )



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Nic

posted February 11, 2009 at 7:29 pm


Heard you weren’t feeling the greatest . . . been praying for you my brother! When we are weak, He is made strong!



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Tom Dean

posted February 11, 2009 at 11:20 pm


Robert:
terrific to connect with you today. Looking forward to working with you
-best
Tom



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