hack the ministry

peers . mentors . sages . redeeming the "M” word

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There's ministry, and there's The Ministry. We always knew that. 

Now we're learning it again....

October 12, 2017—a Thursday—a network of peers, mentors and sages gather to tell stories, ask questions, and connect with others who are redeeming, reclaiming, and reframing the M word.

I Can Give You 1000 Words.

That was my offer to Pastor Bruce Logue when I invited him to present at Hack The Ministry in Seattle.

When you're accustomed to speaking every week for 40 years that offer could sound like an insult.

Which is exactly why I invited Bruce to take on the 1000 Word Challenge - He's not a Diva, He's not into himself, He's not high maintenance. He loves Jesus for real.

Up until 15 years ago Bruce and Bev followed a very traditional church career path.

He had a solid congregation, He was well paid. His church didn't want him to leave but leave he did. Bruce decided that following Jesus was more interesting and ultimately more important than taking the safe path, so at the age of 58 he and his wife packed up and head for Central California to plant a new church. 

I'll leave the rest of the story for Bruce to tell but suffice it to say it has some fascinating twists and turns.

I am so honored to have Bruce and Bev as friends. They make me look good when they stand next to me

Bruce has the unique distinction of pastoring a small church that has nevertheless established an big footprint in their city of Merced

Check out what Bruce managed to communicate in just 1000 words 

He knows how to make a big deal out of very little. 

— Jim Henderson




Gathering with this particular (some might say peculiar) group of people, in this particular place, in the context of this particular American moment … was genuinely remarkable.

The mix of peers, mentors and sages in the room generated profound, fun, deep thinking, plenty of lively questions, and refreshingly frank - reliably gracious - responses.

We’ll have more to say as folks respond in the coming days. We’ll do our best to make meaning of the experience, and communicate what we learn, where we have new questions, and what we think it all means for people who have been, and are, and hope to redeem the “M” word. 

Meanwhile, very special thanks to the passionate innovators and practitioners around The Shoe that GrowsDinner Church Collective, Ballard Homestead, and Alexa’s Cafe & Catering They pitched in to make this happen. We hope you'll seek them out — they may be able to serve you — you may be able to serve with them.


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Hacking culture takes the world as it is...

...and bends what is to accomplish other things, more things, and new things that need doing. Sometimes, hackers just figure out how do the same things better.

We know people who HACK the MINISTRY because the world is turning and people are learning to love God and serve others where they are, not where they’re supposed to be (whatever that means). 

October 12, we’re gathering in Seattle to learn from folks who are hacking the ministry — some of them have been at it for decades, both inside and outside what we think of as the ministry.

In 12 hours — 10 am to 10 pm:

• You’ll hear short, provocative talks from some of the best ministry hackers we know.

•  You’ll have time to ask questions, and push back (graciously) if you can’t make sense of the answers.

• You’ll laugh together, eat together, and have chances to trade ministry hacks and (if you want) trade contact info with folks ahead of you, behind you, and right where you are.

• You’ll be in a space where you’re welcome to be who you are — introvert or extravert; internal or external processor; linear or lateral thinker; scholar, seeker, mystic, doubter …  anything but a bully, know-it-all, or steam roller. 

Solo Tickets are $49, including meals.

Friends Tickets are $99 for three people, so you can come with a couple of friends.


When David Kinnaman, who runs the Barna Group, realized he wouldn't be able to be at Hack the Ministry he sat down with Jim Henderson to talk about data on the changing face of "ministry." This is a fragment of that conversation. Look for more at Hack the Ministry.

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When I said yes to Jesus I didn't realize I was also saying yes to the church, the bible and Christianity.


REDEEMING the “M” Word

Almost 50 years ago I said yes to Jesus. I didn’t realize I was also saying yes to the church, the bible and Christianity. If you were raised in church you might find that incongruous, but that’s because you were raised in Christian culture. I wasn’t.




Wine Cellar courtesy of Petr Novák, Wikipedia