Here it is… My story as best I can tell it, at least from this stage of the journey. This summer I was approached by two men who wanted to interview me for a documentary they are working on about people who have left religious institutions. They were planning to come to California but when my travels toook me near them, they asked if I could come early for a video-taped interview.
A few weeks ago, I sat down with Jeff Herr of DefiningRoots.com for a no-holes-barred question answer session where he freely probed my thoughts and passions and how I moved from being a pastor to helping those who felt they no longer fit in the traditional congregation. Jeff had had read my books and listened to my podcast, but we had not met before this trip. The result is an hour and 15 minute interview by a campfire in the growing dusk of late summer in Indiana. Produced by Daniel Madison they are going to use clips for their documentary, but offered the entire interview to me to play for those who frequent Lifestream and TheGodJourney.com.
In this I answer such questions as:
- What began this journey for you?
- Did you feel God spoke to you to become a pastor? Do you now think you misunderstodd him?
- What made you give up on an institutional approach to church life?
- How did you feel trying to be a leader as a young man with so little life experience?
- Why did you leave the first church you were a part of?
- Was the institutional model ever alive?
- What is your definition of the church?
- Is your view of the church only viable for mature Christians?
- What would you say to those who think that without the insittution believers will go off track?
- How can you live church apart from a system and not end up alone? What would you say to those who have a hard time finding fellowship outside a system?
- Why do you think accountability is not the basis of chruch life?
- How do you explain to your family that you don’t want “to go to church anymore?”
- What does it mean to live loved?
- What happeend that caused you to leave the church you hleped plant?
- Was this part of your journey birthed in bitterness for what you experienced?
The interview is in two parts: