Welcome to The Contemplative Activist!
In recent years, Sandy and I have come to a growing awareness that, for the great majority of our 30-plus years in pastoral ministry, we have been addicted to the 3-B’s. But now…things have changed.
What’s the 3-B’s, you ask?
Sadly, like many church leaders in our westernized culture, we defined much of our ‘success’ (or failure) in ministry over the last thirty years by measuring the size of the (B)uildings our church worshiped in, the quantity of (B)ucks we took in our weekly offerings, and the number of (B)utts we could get into our sanctuary for Sunday morning services! Today, Sandy and I have joined the ever-increasing ranks of church leaders who are now choosing to identify themselves as “recovering” 3-B pastors and leaders, on our way to becoming Christ-centered contemplative activists.
A call to contemplative activism: moving from the 3-B’s to the 3-C’s.
As we see it, a Christ-centered contemplative activist is one who has decided to forsake the westernized corporate view of Christianity where the 3-B’s (Buildings, Bucks, & Butts in the seats) govern our success in ministry. Instead, a life of contemplative activism embraces, what we call, the 3-C’s: a singular desire to live a fruitful, Christ-honoring life; a simple & sustainable faith that is rooted in the three key spiritual disciplines found in the life and ministry of Jesus of Nazareth…
ommunion with God: “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to Me. Get away with Me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with Me and work with Me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with Me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Matthew 11: 28-30 (MsgB)
ommunity with others: “Love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence. This is the most important, the first on any list. But there is a second to set alongside it: ‘Love others as well as you love yourself.’ These two commands are pegs; everything in God’s Law and the Prophets hangs from them.” Matthew 22: 37-40 (MsgB)
ommission into our world: “God authorized and commanded Me to commission you: Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.” Matthew 28: 18-20 (MsgB)
We encourage you to peruse our website, partake in some of the material you’ll find here, and consider a free subscription to our blog (just click on “Follow Blog Via Email” here on our Home page). We invite you to join the growing conversation on how we, in our stressed-out, over-the-top-busy society, can slow down just a bit, take a long loving look at our God, and begin to live out with intentionality, the Spirit-directed life Jesus of Nazareth has intended for all of us to live. It’s the life we like to call Christ-centered 3-C contemplative activism.
We look forward to hearing from you and all God is doing in and through your life!
Marty & Sandy Boller
Recovering 3-B pastors on our way to becoming Christ-centered 3-C contemplative activists.