In a culture where so many feel unsteady, disoriented, even crushed in their relationship with the church and faith in general, the “good news” we’re offering people no longer seems so good. An endless string of scandals, divisiveness, and a perceived lack of compassion make the church feel like an unsafe option for community and faith growth. This is not what Jesus wants for his people. But how can we move toward the kind of environment He did intend? Anglican bishop Todd Hunter is no stranger to betrayal and pain in the church. But there is hope—spiritual formation and discipleship can be healing while simultaneously deepening faith. More than ever, Jesus is who the world needs, and it’s this laser focus that is central to emotionally healthy spiritual formation. We’ll explore pathways out of the rubble of bad religion, and rebuilding faith among a community of sincere believers. By unpacking the purposes of Jesus, we can expose twisted, toxic religion for what it is and embrace the true aims of the gospel. Help your people find the environment of healing and goodness they’re longing for in a church.
Rev. Dr. Todd Hunter
The Rt. Rev. Dr. Todd Hunter is the founding bishop of The Diocese of Churches for the Sake of Others, founder of The Telos Collective, and founder of the Center for Formation, Justice, and Peace. He is past president of Alpha USA, former national director for the Association of Vineyard Churches, and retired founding pastor of Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Costa Mesa, CA. He’s the author of the upcoming book What Jesus Intended: Finding True Faith in the Rubble of Bad Religion. His previous books include:Christianity Beyond Belief: Following Jesus for the Sake of Others, Giving Church Another Chance, The Outsider Interviews, The Accidental Anglican, Our Favorite Sins, Our Character at Work and Deep Peace. Todd holds a Doctor of Ministry degree and serves as an adjunct professor of evangelism, leadership in contemporary culture, and spiritual formation at a variety of seminaries. Todd and his wife, Debbie, have two adult children and live in Franklin, Tennessee.