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Robert Grove-Markwood

Putting a Comma at the End of a Bearings Year of Calling Out the Beautiful, the Bodacious, and the B*llsh*t

Gertrude and Lloyd were members of a church I served for 25 years. They were both in their 80s, and though they made it to Sunday worship once in a while, they were part of that catch-all category of “shut-ins” who received pastoral visits from time to time. During one of those afternoon visits, Gertrude… Read More

Here’s to a Second Year

Ushering in a New Season of Navigation for Bearings

As I anticipate the kickoff of the second season of Bearings: Navigating Life-As-Ministry, I want to thank the award-winning blog’s co-editors, Elizabeth Drescher and Alyssa Lodewick, for their work on convening the diverse community of voices that contributed to a successful inaugural year. I am also deeply grateful to all of our bloggers, who offered… Read More

Navigating Life-as-Ministry

BEARINGS (noun): comprehension of one’s position, environment, or situation. Welcome to BEARINGS, a blog space featuring local, regional, and national 21st century ministry thought leaders and thoughtful practitioners. In BEARINGS posts, diverse voices will offer commentary and insights on how ministry is changing today and share stories of inspiring networked, relational, and incarnational ministries. The… Read More