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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Living on St. Croix, USVI

From 2008 to early 2012 my family and I lived on the island of St Croix in the Caribbean. We called it our “Great Adventure“, and indeed, it was a great experience. …and now you know why this blog is … 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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