Reflections from 56, Part 3

Rick Mattson Church, Devotion 0 Comments

When it comes to ministry, my thinking and practice have undergone several changes in middle age. One is that I’ve shifted from a focus on innovation to, well, basics.Admittedly not too exciting. Yet, I take this change to be a significant upgrade. The young man’s thinking was this: Whenever our ministry is struggling to keep its head above water, most likely …

Reflections from 56, Part 2

Rick Mattson Church, Devotion 2 Comments

Transformation I’ve noticed since turning 56 that I’m not as smart as I used to be.  As a young man I was pretty sure I knew better than most how to fix the church. The thought was to break with tradition and move church folk out to the cutting edge of radical methods in evangelism, leadership and worship. I figured …

Reflections from 56

Rick Mattson Devotion 0 Comments

Having recently turned 56 years of age, I’d like to offer some reflections from my 32 years of ministry. First up: Spiritual Formation. The young disciples I see being produced in church and campus ministries look something like this: 1. Steeped in contemporary worship culture.2. Zealous for social justice around causes such as sex-trafficking.3. Missional.4. Inclusive.5. Cooperative, collaborative.6. In love …