What I Do
My goal is to build a relationship that not only encourages you in the adventure of ministry, but very much co-operates in what God is doing in your life, your church community and our world in general.
Spiritual Direction is a unique relationship whereby one is helped to hear the voice of God, and to respond appropriately.
I write, you read. Books and Articles.
I work with church leadership teams on equipping and spiritual formation
Married in 2002, to Amy. His children include Jack, Jane and Josie. Bob helped plant a church community, The Evergreen Community (evergreenpdx.org), in 2004 in Portland Oregon. Beyond his family and pastoring, his passions revolve around coaching other ministry leaders towards Jesus-focused success in ministry- success being defined not by numbers but by clarity around and achievement of personal, spiritual and ministry goals. Bob currently serves as a pastor and elder at The Evergreen Community, and as a board and staff member with the Ecclesia Network (ecclesianet.org).
Eldership and the Mission of God
Advent can be a particularly challenging season for church planters and pastors in younger churches. I remember the first few years of our church plant, Advent was a season of decreased attendance- most of the people in our church were younger and would either travel to be with family over the holidays or head to[…]
One of the primary differences between those who make it for the long haul in leading and ministering to others and those who don’t is the level of self-differentiation they are able to achieve. Self-differentiation is the ability to separate one’s intellectual or emotional functioning from that of family or other groups. In other words,[…]
One of the first things I talk to couples about as we sit down for pre-marital counseling is letting go of their ideals. Not necessarily their ideals about what marriage can be, but their ideal versions of each other. Most, but not all of us, approach dating and potential marriage with a list of[…]
The question was one I’d answered countless times before, but the response to my answer was one I’d never heard. I was speaking at a church planter’s training when Chris Backert, the National Director of the Ecclesia Network asked me “How many years has your church plant been going?” I told him we had just[…]
Since Mark Driscoll resigned, there have a lot of “What we can learn” pieces out there. I’ve read a few, and while they I thought they all made excellent points, here a just a few observations I think have been missed in this whole matter. Here are 5 lessons I see coming out of this.[…]
A few years ago I was tired, stressed out and burned out to the point of depression. I had planted a church and while not having it nearly as hard as some others I know, the process had taken its toll. My elders sent me on sabbatical- a rest from ministry life which I gladly[…]
Since his installation, Pope Francis has impressed much of the world with his humility. Shunning the ostentatious outfits worn by his predecessors, the new Pope has exchanged red silk shoes for regular black leather ones, a golden crucifix around his neck for a plain iron one and ditched altogether the furred ermine stoles we often[…]
There are just a few spots left for this year’s Genesis Church Planter’s Training. Here’s why you should attend: It is an entire week created to teach church planters about: theology and ecclesiology (why plant a church? what are we after in planting churches? how do we grow the hearts of people in our context?) missiology (how[…]
How should we approach Good Friday? I once attended a Good Friday service where the pastor encouraged us to look at Good Friday positively, to see the crucifixion through “Easter eyes.” To be honest, the bright lights and the upbeat music and mood felt to me like a missed opportunity. His intentions were good. He[…]
Lent is an opportunity, not an obligation. While it’s true that God didn’t ask you to give up coffee, sweets or other Lenten-staples, but rather your whole life, often the process of surrendering a whole life begins simply and small: Giving up something that has become too central, too important. In other words, don’t think[…]