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Chris Enstad
Pastor, engaging with the emerging church culture, loving life, my wife, and our two daughters.
Interests: music, golf, canoeing, cooking, camping, reading and playing with my beautiful daughters
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Gratitude for the big ideas present in this room. Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2014 at Resurrection Life
Being Promised: Theology, Gift and Practice Dr. Walter's tome is small but has vast consequences for the church in our understanding of grace as a gift especially when it comes to the body and blood of Jesus Christ. Walter walks... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2013 at Resurrection Life
My colleague and I had the opportunity to attend the Bishop's Theological Conference in Trego, Wisconsin earlier this past week. I left with a distinct sense of newness in the air and of some very positive conversations and many, many... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2013 at Resurrection Life
My most recent article shows up at the Englewood Review of Books and you can access it here. God's richest blessings to you! Chris Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2013 at Resurrection Life
I just finished this amazing book by the Heath brothers (authors of Switch and Made to Stick). This is a study in how bad decisions are made and how we can train ourselves to make better decision in our life... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2013 at Resurrection Life
Let's commit to something: watching our children's life events through our eyes not our screens. Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2013 at Resurrection Life
The Enoch Factor by Steve McSwain is an amazingly simply yet challenging book. I have found it quite hard to put it down. Simply put this book is the result of McSwain's mystic experience of God as Source. Far from... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2013 at Resurrection Life
J29 Capital Appeal Week 2 Prayer Jeremiah 29: 11-14 Pastor Chris Enstad Brothers and sisters grace to you and peace from God our Father, and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen. The events of this past week have taken... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2013 at Resurrection Life
J29 Project Week 1 Hope 14 April 2013 Jeremiah 29: 11-14 Brothers and sisters grace to you and peace from God our Father and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen. First of all, thank you. Thank you for these... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2013 at Resurrection Life
I'm going to stick this up here on my blog to keep it in front of you and me. There is a thread on one of my facebook groups that involves a scrappy truck driver who is seeing himself forming... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2013 at Resurrection Life
The whole purpose of the Bible, it seems to me, is to convince people to set the written word down in order to become living words in the world for God's sake. For me, this willing conversion of ink back... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2013 at Resurrection Life
John, Thank you for this example. This is what I'm talking about and these are how good ideas can spread and create conversations and catalysts in other environments. I do want to point out that I never used the word "sheep stealing" so I'm wondering if you are sensitive to that perception? It might be an interesting leadership question to look at your trend report in light of your mission statement and say, "Hey if we have chosen as our touchstone the Great Commission then shouldn't that be the larger number in our demographics?" And I'm not just talking baptisms, I'm talking Adult Baptisms! What kind of strategy would come from conversations around growing that number on the "dashboard". Or missions... how could you start sending more and more missionaries out into the world from your own congregation's number? Or mission starts: what would it look like to plant a new church by sending your 50 most committed family members out with a mission developer to do just that? I would love to have churches that grow by "sheep stealing" at least be unrepentant about it and put it right there on their own mission statements then at least you will know what you're dealing with. The majority of congregations do NOT set out to do that on the surface but then at least have your ministry match up with your mission... that is not a criticism of your congregation just a general statement. Peace.
"The Wholehearted identify vulnerability as the catalyst for courage, compassion, and connection. In fact, the willingness to be vulnerable emerged as the single clearest value shared by all women and men whom I would describe as Wholehearted. They attribute everything... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2013 at Resurrection Life
Hi John, Thank you for your constructive feedback. Obviously I put the title of my post a bit towards "11" on the reaction scale in order to get responses and between here and Facebook there has not been disappointment! One of the things that I notice when in discussions like these is that leaders will tell me what *they* are doing in *their* congregations... that's great to hear! I guess what we need to do at this point in our development as leaders is to start asking "show me" questions. Show me how Matthew 28:19 is transforming your church, bringing organizational health to your team, and leading to success? How would you define success in a Matthew 28:19 church? Are you guys baptizing nations? Literally? Figuratively? When I look at your congregation's trend report, for instance, it appears that you are receiving more members from transferring from other churches than baptizing new believers? Churches that grow at the expense of other congregations don't reflect that goal in the mission statements so either the statement is wrong or the church is pursuing growth at others expense rather than swimming in the world of "other nations". Now, I'm not really criticizing your actual church per se, I'm sure some of those transfers are from congregations who have left the ELCA , etc. etc. who am I to know everyone's story. But it's one thing to have a mission statement and there is another thing to show us how it is or isn't working. I'm FAR from an expert but this is the world of questions in my head and heart right now. Please don't hesitate to continue the conversation and I'm glad to see you "electrically". CBE
In reading The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business by Patrick Lencioni I stumbled on a chapter that made me smile. Blather According to Lencioni, Mission Statements are a pox set upon the organizational world by an... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2013 at Resurrection Life
2 Advent 2012 Luke 3: 1-6 Pastor Chris Enstad Being a Christian follower of Jesus is at the same time the easiest and the hardest thing to be. Easy in that one need merely declare oneself a Christian and there... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2012 at Resurrection Life
I opened Young's first novel, The Shack, with the same apprehension I brought to this new book. It had been much-hyped, suggested reading from way too many different sources, and would prove to be just another fad. I was proven... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2012 at Resurrection Life
19 Pentecost 2012 October 7 Mark 10: 2-16 “Let the Children Come, Let Thy Kingdom Come” Pastor Chris Enstad Brothers and sisters, grace to you and peace from God our Father and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen. “Let... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2012 at Resurrection Life
Remarks on our 90th Anniversary When a congregation turns 90 there is usually an existential question that usually goes unasked, but it is one that Elim has, in many forms, been answering for these last few years... is this congregation... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2012 at Resurrection Life
6 Pentecost 2012 Mark 6: 1-13 Pastor Chris Enstad Brothers and sisters I bring you grace and peace from God our Father and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen. I give thanks for each and every one of you... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2012 at Resurrection Life
Last weekend was hot and muggy and we decided what better time to have two other families over to our small house to BBQ and to hang out. We filled the kiddie pool, I loaded up the cooler with sparkling... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2012 at Resurrection Life
Gospel: John 15: 1-11 Today’s Gospel text follows on the heals of the message that Glenndy Ose brought to us last Sunday. Last Sunday Glenndy spoke of Jesus as the Great Shepherd of the Sheep an image we quite like... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2012 at Resurrection Life
3 Easter 2012 Luke 24: 36b-48 Pastor Chris Enstad Christ is Risen! He is Risen indeed! Alleluia! Alleluia! Brothers and sisters, I bring you grace and peace in the name of our Risen Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen. “While... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2012 at Resurrection Life
This video: Is making the rounds of the internet. I think it is a tremendous teaching tool for companies, entrepreneurs, and congregations. The lessons I take away from a story like this in regards to church life go like... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2012 at Resurrection Life
In contemplating the horrifying mystery of the crucifixion we are reminded that Jesus was not killed by his enemies in a time of disorder. He was put to death by his own people at the hands of the well-oiled Roman machine. Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2012 at Resurrection Life