Kurt Willems (MDiv, Fresno Pacific, MA in Comparative Religion, UW) is the founding pastor of Pangea Church. His passion is resourcing Christians to engage their faith in intelligent and humanizing ways, which he facilitates through his website Theology Curator. He is the host of two podcasts, the first of which is The Paulcast: A Podcast All About the Apostle Paul, which has been featured on iTunes "new and noteworthy" for spirituality & religion podcasts. His latest project, Rapture Drill, is a podcast dedicated to helping folks deconstruct and reconstruct their understanding of the so-called end times. Kurt writes for various print and online publications including his Patheos hosted blog, The Pangea Blog and is also on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+. His latest project Kurt's academic work focuses on the historical Paul within Judaism and the Roman Empire.
Kurt writes broadly on themes related to Anabaptism, historical background of the New Testament, spiritual formation, and Paul within his ancient world. Inviting the church to see the beauty of a nonviolent Jesus and the subversive nature of God’s Kingdom are just some of the key issues he engages. Kurt also utilizes the blogosphere to wrestle with various other theological, missional, formational, and cultural topics. Through speaking and writing, he urges others to both know and follow the resurrected Jesus on a countercultural mission of love.
Prior to planting Pangea, Kurt served in various pastoral capacities, including student ministries and teaching pastor roles. He and his wife Lauren (special education teacher) moved to Seattle at the end of summer in 2013. They are the founding church planting couple, along with their daughters Lydia and Chloe, along with their puppies, Sadie & Mylee.
To get a basic "feel" for Kurt's approach to Christianity, you might start with his popular article: "8 Signs that you Might be an Evangelical Reject" or "Paul Didn't Believe in the Rapture. Neither Did Jesus. Neither Should You."
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Jenn's passions about prayer, diversity, and community in the Church are the focus of her role here at Pangea. She believes that every individual can pray, that prayer tends to look much more diverse than we may think, and that with Jesus it is possible to pray as one corporate, interconnected church family without fear of our differences. In her role as Pastor for Spiritual Connection, Jenn works to create space and resources for individuals to connect their spirit to God, themselves, and their Pangea family as they gather on Sundays, Villages, and within ministry teams.
Jenn comes from a wide variety of church involvement and pastoral roles, which have enriched her understandings of God and Church, even (or perhaps especially!) through the brokenness and challenges along the way. She has 10+ years experience of counseling and pastoring youth (aged 10 to 25 years old) in the Davis, Redding, and Santa Cruz, CA areas, as well as helping start a church plant near Grand Junction, CO as a musical worship leader and Core Vision Team Member. Jenn first became acquainted with Pangea Church at the launch service in September 2015.
In her free time, Jenn enjoys being creative with music and writing, and delights in practicing her very novice skills at watercolors. Good coffee, science fiction books, and any hike in the Pacific Northwest are a sure recipe for a smile and happy heart.
Prayer Team Ministry Leader
Facilitator and Resourcer for Prayer Gatherings
Assists in shaping Sunday Gatherings as a prayerful space
Musical Worship Leader and Oversight
Village Guide Curator
Helps implement the various aspects of Pangea's overall vision
Andrew is a graduate of Taylor University and spent several years helping to lead a church near Atlanta, GA before moving to Seattle in 2013 to join the launch team for Pangea. Andrew is passionate about the growth and healing that happens as we walk through life in community together and discover reconciliation with God, each other, and our own souls. As Parker Palmer said, "We can be peacemakers in our small part of the world only when we are at peace within ourselves." In his role as Pastor for Spiritual Transformation, he functions as a resourcer for our Village groups and our retreat cohorts. Andrew enjoys immersing himself in Pacific Northwest beauty, small Seattle coffee shops, good music, engaging books, and authentic conversations.
Resourcer for Villages, especially in matters of spiritual formation and pastoral care
A guide and organizer of our quarterly retreat process
Active in implementing the various aspects of Pangea's vision
Helps connect new people to relational opportunities at Pangea
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Love books? Desire to lean into asking questions? Well, we've compiled a list of books to help you do exactly that. So, brew a cup of coffee, sit next to the window as the rain drizzles, and enjoy a great read.
The following list of books are to make you think, question, and grow. Pangea Communities doesn't endorse every page of every resource. Rather, we hope these books will help refine your faith, even where you might have disagreement with a particular author. All books listed are either "beginner" or "intermediate" level reading with the exception of those mark with an [*]. Some books are listed more than once because of their relevance to a particular category. The first list is where we recommend starting: reading books that inform the values and convictions of Pangea.
MORE RECOMMENDATIONS TO COME
Christians of various traditions describe the process of becoming more like Jesus in various ways: holiness (part of our legacy as Brethren in Christ), sanctification, deification, discipleship, spiritual formation, etc. All of these ideas get at the same goal: transformation. Who we are isn't who we will be after we follow Jesus. We change. We grow. We become more fully human, meaning, we become more like God's perfect image bearer: Jesus. Christ is not opposed to our humanness, but invites us to flourish into the fuller version of our God-given humanity.
Below is a list of recommended starting points for someone who wants to incorporate "spiritual disciplines" into their regular lives.
Audio based smartphone app with daily spiritual meditations based on daily Scripture. Amazing.
For those wanting to go deep in their encounter with God's Spirit, this is a 40 day journey to facilitate such a journey. This takes a daily commitment to the process, but is definitely worth it.
A New Liturgy is our attempt to create holy space wherever we find ourselves. A moveable, sonic sanctuary. Released quarterly, each Liturgy is a 25 minute journey of music, prayer, scripture, and space that helps open us to The Almighty in any location, season, community, or emotion.
This is a book that guides readers through changing our narratives. Integrating theology, inspiration, and spiritual formation, this book is a welcome companion to any Circle. Each chapter ends with a formation experiment. A very practical and deep resource. We also like The Good and Beautiful Life. (As in any book recommended here, there are a few things we'd nuance differently here or there [for instance, ch 6 where it deals with God’s wrath], but its overall vision has a lasting impact on Pangea!).
Spiritual disciplines connect us to the God who wants to transform our souls. We discover these time-tested practices in the Bible as we look at the everyday ways Jesus related to God. These companion studies and exercises will help you to explore sixteen core practices. Three segments on each practice (a total of forty-eight sessions) allow space to go beyond superficial understanding and to begin to live in a new way.
Sensitive to the constraints upon contemporary lay Christians and to the publicness of their business-day lives, THE DIVINE HOURS provides a flexible and slightly abbreviated regimen of fixed-hour prayer that incorporates all of the established elements required for keeping the offices, while eliminating or diminishing the presence of some less essential or cumbersome parts. The result of these adaptations, modifications, and innovations is a breviary for our time and place, or more accurately a contemporary manual for exercising Christianity’s oldest form of worship in a manner that is true both to its origins and to its present imperatives.
This is a great series of devotional commentaries that are great for helping you walk through a book of the New Testament. One way to do this would to encourage each other to: 1) get alone, 2) read the passage and commentary, 3) read the passage once more, 4) meditate and journal. The Old Testament for Everyone is also in production and is written by John Goldingay.
THE CURRENT COHORT IS IN THEIR SECOND YEAR. WE WILL START NEW GROUPS IN THE FUTURE, BUT FOR NOW THIS GROUP IS CLOSED. THE BOOKS AND SCHEDULE, FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN A FUTURE GROUP, HAVE SHIFTED SOME. THE FOCUS REMAINS THE SAME: GROWING IN A CONVERSATIONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS.
In the Scriptures, Sabbath is a day of rest. It is a day to unplug from normal patterns and to plug into the mystery of God. From Friday evening through Saturday evening, to this day, our Jewish friends observe this moment of pause. Although as non-Jewish Christians we don’t follow the Sabbath as strictly, the vision that it sets forth benefits us greatly. In our fast-passed lives, stopping everything to spend intentional time connecting with God and others is a revolutionary act. So revolutionary, that it may transform our very souls.
Jesus is our model for how to live in communion with God. He regularly took time away from the crowds to connect intimately with a smaller group of disciples and his heavenly Father. Imagine what life could become if we created space in our schedules to rest in God and allow our character to be shaped by the Spirit. It would add meaning to all of the other days of our lives.
At Pangea, we are inviting folks on a journey: a Sabbath journey. This involves a commitment to attend 4 retreats per year, for 3 years. The retreats will begin on a Friday evening in a shared space and will end on Saturday evening (retreats will be local). Then, on Sunday morning we will wrap up the weekend with worship and Communion.
The following outline with books is tentative and subject to change. We will inform participants, well in advance, about the finalized topics and resources. On average we will read 1 book and possibly some sections from another book or an article. Where two books are listed, it is possible that we will use it as a formation resource for either during or after the retreat.
For those who lead Village conversations, a PDF guide will be posted here each week.
This also is a space to get a copy of the Peacemaking Discernment Guide (weeks 2 and 3) and the Shared Commitments Guide (week 3).