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Welcome to The Contemplative Activist!

In recent years, my wife 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.

ICVS3Bs_amarelolaranj_logos(B)uildings, (B)ucks, and (B)utts in the seats.

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 3-C contemplative activists.


DiscipleshipLogoIt’s not too late to join us for our new blog series: A Journey Into Christian Discipleship: Twelve Characteristics of a Godly Life.

Over a thirty-six week period (September 2016 through June 2017), we invite you to take a deeper look into twelve characteristics of a godly life. In other words, we’ll take a journey into the realm of Christ-centered discipleship. This blog series (published every Monday, Wednesday & Friday) is set up so you can work through our twelve discipleship themes as an individual or as a group, and as we see it, this will be a tool in helping you and others in your circle of influence to walk closer to the Master, embracing His call to contemplative activism. Each blog will include questions to ponder and discuss! Join us!  Click here for more info!


3circlelogoA call to contemplative activism: moving from the 3-B’s to the 3-C’s.

As we see it, a Christ-centered 3-C 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…

letter-communion with God.

letter-community with others.

letter-commission into our world.

cropped-bollerheadshot1_bwa.jpg 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.

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