Author Archives: Aaron Ward Ellis

Missional Community

It’s been an interesting journey the past few months (years) as I’ve tried to find clarity in my own heart in regards to the future of Christ’s church.  A spiritual discontent has been growing for many years, as a pastor … Continue reading

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True Respect

What trials measure the depth of a man’s heart? Isolation Failure Sacrifice Exposure Love We all want to be known, completely.  But being known is not enough.  What we truly desire is to be known but still loved.  This is … Continue reading

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An Unpredictable Life

I have been blessed with an unpredictable life. I love it…I hate it! I don’t believe “standard” will ever be used to describe Lani and I.  We both enjoy this, but a life in the minority breeds unique insecurities.  Conversations … Continue reading

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What I am not…

One of the great discoveries of the last few years is the “not”.  I spend a lot of time searching for what God wants to do with my life, (that information is still unfolding, very slowly). Instead, my area of … Continue reading

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I have begun the search for the right seminary.  To say that I am skeptical of every higher learning institution created to train pastors is a gross understatement.  Every seminary was created with a theological agenda.  By committing to a school, I’m committing to a … Continue reading

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Find Your Soil

“Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.” -St. Catherine of Siena Over the past 15 to 20 years, this great quote has fleshed itself out in the form of a question: “What’s my purpose … Continue reading

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A Planned Identity Crisis

The biggest challenge for me in this transition is that I am not only moving my family, changing all of our established systems and uprooting all of our relational connections; personally, I am redefining who I am. It’s a planned … Continue reading

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