Allow us to introduce ourselves. We’re Marty & Sandy Boller. And after 30-plus years in pastoral ministry, we’ve come to the realization that for much of our three decades of serving Jesus, we were addicted to the 3-B’s, measuring the ‘success’ or ‘failure’ of our church using three key components:
ucks in the offering.
utts in the seats.
Ever been there? Sadly, there are many pastors, church leaders, and laypeople alike who labor under this westernized 3-B corporate approach to church life, where bigger is always better, and if your church isn’t growing numerically, something must certainly be wrong.
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But, as we see it, there’s a reformation afoot. A quiet fire of the Holy Spirit that is touching many across the fruited plain of North America. Many are now deciding to stop-look-and-listen to the invitation of Jesus, stepping beyond the 3-B’s and finding a more simple and sustainable way to measure ‘success’ in church life.
Through the help of some powerful tools of spiritual formation, and the inner freedom found by working alongside Christ-centered spiritual directors, Sandy and I now consider ourselves to be “recovering” 3-B pastors on our way to becoming Christ-centered 3-C contemplative activists, measuring our ‘success’ today by simply following three ancient spiritual disciplines:
ommunion with Christ.
ommunity with others.
ommission into our world. (read more)
We have been actively involved in pastoral ministry since 1985. Married in 1975 in Skokie, IL, we were participants with the beginnings of what is now the Evanston, IL Vineyard Church. Yes, that’s Sandy & Marty, drinking coffee, right there in the middle of this picture of one of the first Sunday morning gatherings in January, 1976!
Later on, we also planted two Vineyard churches in Iowa: Iowa City (1988) and Cedar Rapids (1998). We have four grown children, all married, with seven adorable grandchildren. And in truth, it’s our family that gives us our greatest sense of accomplishment and our truest joy in life!
Over the years, I (Marty) have written two books on Christian discipleship; The Perfected Self (2002) and The Wisdom of Wimber: As I See It (2014) (read more); and here on this website, we host my blog, As I See It, that now has over 90,000 hits since our humble beginnings just a few years back.
The Contemplative Activist.
Now, after 30 years in pastoral ministry, we are embarking on a new phase of life and ministry. We call it our adventure into Christ-centered 3-C contemplative activism. And it all began a few years back when God began challenging us on our traditional ways of doing church and making disciples for Jesus. Today, we no longer see ourselves as 3-B pastors working in traditional church settings, but more of what author Eugene Peterson defines as “contemplative pastors”…pastoral shepherds following Jesus into an ancient yet refreshingly-new life style of ministry that focuses on the care and cure of souls utilizing the tools and disciplines of spiritual formation and spiritual direction (read more).
We are now spreading the vision of contemplative activism through our work as spiritual directors and trainers of spiritual direction with the Sustainable Faith School of Spiritual Direction. It’s here, we serve the larger body of Christ as contemplative coaches and spiritual directors to all who are looking to benefit from the absolute joys of receiving and offering spiritual direction (read more).
Vineyard at Home.
We also have transitioned our traditional Vineyard church in Cedar Rapids into what is now part of a growing network of Christ-followers meeting in homes, where following Jesus is the primary goal and all are encouraged to slow down in order to keep up with all God is doing around us! Home group facilitators are trained in spiritual direction while traditional church programming is replaced with a simple & sustainable discipleship model that focuses on issues of soul care and contemplative activism (read more).
Thank you for visiting our website.
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 the Spirit-directed life Jesus of Nazareth has intended for all of us to live. We look forward to hearing from you and all God is doing in and through your life!
In recent years, Marty & Sandy left their full-time “jobs” as church pastors in a traditional setting and have now cobbled together a variety of ministry assignments that help them pay the bills, put food on the table, and live in their humble abode in Cedar Rapids, IA. A portion of the Bollers’ ministry operating budget will be met by folks like YOU who come alongside them with your one-time gifts or monthly pledges to this ministry! THANK YOU for your financial support & on-going prayers!
If you are receiving spiritual direction or coaching from us, know that the standard “going rate” for many spiritual directors/coaches for monthly one-hour sessions is approximately $50 – $75 per session, but we never charge a set price for our services, and ask you to prayerfully donate an amount that seems fair and right to you, and one that is workable in your financial situation.
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Or you may mail your check to this address…
1001 Summit Ave SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
MJB Ministries is fully licensed in the State of Iowa as a 501-C-3 not-for-profit organization. All gifts & contributions are tax-deductible as charitable contributions. Donations can be directed to us via US mail, direct deposit, credit card, PayPal.