Category Archives: Neil on the Loose

Ending the “Interim”

Working on staff in certain churches, and with certain people, can be a soul-bruising experience. Earlier this year (2015), I resigned my “interim” position as pastor for children, youth and family in a local congregation. They had planned on me being there … Continue reading

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Creating a desert on purpose…

  Creating a Desert in Your Oasis Many years ago in a former church we planned something to shock us out of our habits. We simply said, “in the 7th year of our Sunday School program, we’ll do something completely … Continue reading

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Waiting to be Spit Up

This post was made the day after a 2 mile wide tornado ripped through the suburbs of Oklahoma City. Life itself is a “tornado alley” -both by its nature, and by the decisions we make. There are two kinds of … Continue reading

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Looking for a new church ~ Part III

This is article 3 of 3 about our “church shopping” experience here in Sarasota Florida. You can read those at two previous posts. My point of view includes the fact that I’m a minister who used to pastor churches and … Continue reading

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Looking for a New Church ~ Part II

This is the second post on this topic. Read the first here. UPDATE: Since writing about my experiences, I have pulled together some research and led a seminar on this subject.  View the highlight and research here. We’ve now visited six … Continue reading

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Looking for a New Church ~Part I

This is the first of three posts I’ve made about our adventure in church shopping. You can see the other posts in my “Neil on the Loose” category of posts. I posted this first post after visiting 3 churches. We’re … Continue reading

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On the Loose in Sarasota

Originally posted February 2012 Sarasota Florida Updated in 2015. Last month the family and I brought our St Croix USVI adventure to a close and relocated to Sarasota Florida, otherwise known as, “civilization.” We had a wonderful 3.5 years on the … Continue reading

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The Sad Effect Leaving Had on My Kids

This is a follow-up post to my “Why I Left My Last Church” post in this “Neil on the Lam” topic. I offer it in the spirit of “don’t let this happen to you, -or to families in your church.” … Continue reading

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Chapel or Church?

“Chapel” is not a bad word. Read on, and see my latest reflection on how much I MISS that chapel!!! In 2008 my family and I started attending a church that I think is really a “chapel.” It’s primary mission … Continue reading

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About not going to church…

Having a “choice” to get up and go to church on Sunday morning has been one of the most interesting and unnerving experiences I’ve had since I left working “for” a specific church, and began attending church as a “volunteer” once … Continue reading

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Why we left our last church…

…and what can be learned from our experience. I have edited this thing ten times. I’m sure some folks aren’t going to like what I have to say, or think I’m just ‘bitter’ as a way of avoiding the lessons here. … Continue reading

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The Wide Open Backdoor

Back Door = The door your members use to slip away from the congregation. If you suddenly stopped showing up, would anybody notice? More importantly, would anybody do anything about it? You’d like to THINK so. But our last three … Continue reading

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