Brian says he feels privileged to minister in the meaningful areas of people’s lives. “It’s great to have an excuse to be out in the neighborhood, representing Jesus and seeking the good of the city,” he says.
He adds that the greatest need for pastors and churches is to get out of the way for—or to become brothers and sisters with—those who are marginalized by our prevailing church growth and leadership models. “That scares me because it might mean giving up my hopes for success, relevance, and longevity. If we’re successful, I might be out of a job, but at least we’ll have the kingdom.”
Brian also teaches ethics at Western Seminary. “I aspire to be a non-award-winning author, local school board member, and consciously uncool father of three teenage boys. Just kidding—I wouldn’t mind a Pulitzer.”
Books on your nightstand/e-reader: Bible, Gender, Sexuality, James Brownson; Reading the Bible with the Damned, Bob Ekblad; Free: Spending Your Time and Money on What Matters Most, Mark Scandrette; The New Parish, Paul Sparks and Tim Soerens; The Divine Hours, Phyllis Tickle
Favorite way to waste time: Boxing, Netflix, reading graphic novels with my kids
Favorite TV show: Seinfeld
Choose a superpower—fly or be invisible: Fly. Flying feels freeing. Invisible feels creepy.