Category Archives: Neil on the Loose

Worship: What the People Experience vs. What the Pastor Experiences

I first became aware of how pastors and parishioners “experience the worship service differently” when I began regularly crossing over from pulpit to pew in 1996. And spending the last twenty-five years going back and forth between pew and pulpit … Continue reading

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Things about “Former” Pastors

I’ ve always been interested in reading alleged insights about “former” pastors. “Former” meaning they are no longer pastoring a church, but may still be involved in a church ministry (as am I), or totally out of “church work.” Here … Continue reading

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My (Brief) Return to Traditional Worship

I had been looking forward to going back to that traditional church. Now, after worshiping with them on Sunday, I feel slightly sad for them, for the Church in general, and for my hopes. Their traditional worship service was sleepy, … Continue reading

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Ending the “Interim” -Quitting My Church Job

Working on staff in certain churches, and with certain people, can be a soul-bruising experience. Early in 2015, after 18 months on the job, I abruptly resigned my “interim” position as pastor for children, youth and family in a Bradenton area … 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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