About Kern Pastors Network

The Kern Pastors Network is dedicated to growing the numbers and influence of pastors and churches that are actively integrating faith, work, and economics for ministry that produces human flourishing. Vocational pastoral ministry is a lifelong calling. By God’s grace, Kern Pastors will remain faithful to that calling by becoming, in increasing measure, pastors who are spiritually whole, relationally healthy, pastorally prepared, and culturally engaged.

Relationships and generational poverty

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One-way giving is no proof of interest in another person’s welfare. Relationships are real compassion. Suffering with our poor brothers and sisters through life together is the only real solution to end the cycle of generational poverty. [Read more...]

Engaging the culture

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How does the middle-class church, with its high production values, strong work ethic, emphasis on appearance, and individualistic bent begin to engage, understand, befriend, include, and eventually value the contributions of the generationally poor and their culture? [Read more...]

Tents, culture, gospel: A post from a Kern Pastor

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What difference might it make in our communities if, instead of simply preparing our children to fulfill church-centered functions, or fight the battles that the culture might bring their way, we prepare them to work with God to preserve the culture through their daily employment? Might not the gospel look like a tent, a hamburger, a vehicle, a computer, a mobile device, or an app that was created, built, or prepared by someone who did it as unto the Lord? [Read more...]

Trafficking and the common good

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If you can force me to work – or not to work, as is often the case – you enslave me. If you can take away the fruits of my work at will, you enslave me. If you can take away my home at will, you enslave me. If you can arbitrarily prevent me from buying what I need, or selling what I make, in an open marketplace, you enslave me. This is exactly what the powerful do to the powerless every day around the world. [Read more...]

Spiritual formation in the workplace: A post from the Kern Pastors’ Network Director

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My preaching failed to cast an imaginative vision for spiritual formation in the workplace. How might my listeners have expressed their commitment to live as apprentices to Jesus through their work lives? [Read more...]

Generational poverty: a post from a Kern pastor

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The church cannot afford to engage the poor without understanding their culture. [Read more...]


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