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Welcome to The Contemplative Activist!

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:

building size.

bucks in the offering.

butts 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.

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:

communion with Christ.

community with others.

commission into our world 


cropped-bollerheadshot1_bwa.jpg Whether you are a pastor, a church leader, a lay-person, or maybe you aren’t a church-goer at all, we invite you to join the growing conversation on how people just like you, 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.

Are you ready for a reformation in your life, a quiet fire of God-renewal? Here are a few suggestions…

  1. Read more about the 3-B’s and see if this westernized corporate approach to church life has negatively influenced your walk with Jesus.
  2. Read more about the 3-C’s and prayerfully consider if this simple and sustainable life in God just might be the way in and the way on with your journey with the Master.
  3. Continue your trek into Christ-centered 3-C contemplative activism by proactively caring for your soul, following a few important life-giving steps we offer here at The Contemplative Activist.
  4. Subscribe to our blog, As I See It, using the material in your own devotional times. Each blog study begins with a short scripture or reading, some thoughts to consider, and then concludes with a prayer and a question or two to ponder. Simply scroll over (or down) to the Follow Blog via Email icon, click, and you’ll be all set to go.

We look forward to hearing from you and all God is doing in and through your life!

Marty & Sandy Boller

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