Join the Preacher-Swap
One of the great values of our network is the shared journey of life and mission - both as leaders and congregations. In the recent months a number of churches have leaned into some fruitful pulpit swapping. Pathways Church, pastored by Stan Graham in Belair, MD has led the way in opening up the space for cross polination from others in the network. Sahr Briwa from Bridge Community in Easton, Doug Moister from Renew Community in Philadelphia and Forrest Kemmerer of Redemption Church in Bristol have all taken a week away from their regular communities to speak at Pathways. After his visit, Sahr had this to say, "The time with Pathways was encouraging, and mutually edifying. I think these sort of 'offline moments' outside of regional/national gatherings, certainly allow for space not only to bond closer with fellow Ecclesia communities, but also to create momentum going into the national gatherings/conferences. It was great to relay with Pathways what Bridge has been up to, share ideas, as well as spend time having lunch with some of their crew afterwards."
On the same Sunday that Sahr "swapped" to Pathways, J.R. Briggs of Renew Community and an Ecclesia staff member, spoke at The Bridge. In addition to Pathways and Bridge, J.R. Briggs was invited to The Well outside of Philadelphia PA and Cyd Holsclaw, one of the pastors at Life on the Vine in Chicago has been to Rhythm Church in Miami and Engage Community Church in Carlisle, PA. Jon Hand, Lead Pastor at Engage relayed that "Cyd's visit came at an incredibly important moment for our young community. Her pastoral presence in preaching and spending time with our congregation, as well as the blessing and encouragement that came next week when Life on the Vine as a whole church sent a video blessing to our whole church, were incredibly important in pressing us on towards the next chapter. Thanks to that Ecclesia connection, we know we are not alone."
We would like to encourage others to set aside a week or two a year to invite another Ecclesia leader to share with their community.