Who and what is Pneumanaut Partnerships?
Welcome. My name is Chris, short for Christopher. We call those who sail the seas argonauts, and those who travel the universe astronauts. Those who seek to explore and experience the things of the spirit are pneumanauts (from the Greek "pneuma" for both breath and spirit). I learned this word from mentor and friend Len Sweet [waywordradio.org/pneumanaut_1/].
I seek connection with others who may identify themselves as "spiritual but not religious" and people who may be looking for a less institutional and more loving fellowship.
For over 40 years I served as an ordained "elder" (pastor) in the Methodist tradition. Now retired from the denomination, I seek to be an "elder" (and not merely "older") cojourning with fellow spiritual seekers of both contemplation and action. The umbrella for these endeavors is "Pneumanaut Partnerships." I would love to hear from you and partner with you as we explore the possibilities of faith!
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I've had extensive experience in these two areas of ministry: 1) clarifying and co-creating faithful possible futures with both individuals and faith communities, 2) "equipping ministry" - helping faith communities broaden and deepen the ministry of all participants and moving from a membership culture to a culture of co-mission.
"The best way to predict the future is to co-create it
in faithful community."
For faith communities seeking to re-mission and revision:
"Possible Church" is a process of co-creating God's preferred future for your faith community. Timeframes include a one-day retreat for stakeholders, a weekend in the midst of the community or a retreat center, and follow-up consultation, as desired, to help enable the mission and realize the vision
of your "possible faith community."
Broadening and deepening of the ministry of all.
Jesus declares (John 14:12) that "all who believe in me will do the things I do, and greater things..."
We are all ministers, co-missioners in
Jesus' kingdom-come-on earth mission.
The multi-layered elements of an equipping ministry help shift a faith community's culture from "membership" to "servanthood" as people discover their passions for people, their spiritual gifting, and other resources for responding to those passions.