Rob Lee

Recent Entries

Marking Vocational Transitions Faithfully

I was only 20 years old when a Cooperative Baptist Fellowship church hired me – a devoted United Methodist to serve as Assistant Minister for Youth. At that point in my life, I was certain of my place in the church.

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April 21, 2015

Is the Institutional Church Worth Saving?

When I was younger, I can recall Christmas Eve services at my home church where we had to pull out chairs and have auxiliary seating for the hundreds of parishioners present. Now, the only time we have to do that is for funeral services for the bulwark members of our church. Countless gallons of ink have been spilled debating whether the institutional church is worth saving.

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April 16, 2014

What a Vocational Calling to Ministry Means to Me

“I hear you are entering the ministry,” the woman said down the long table, meaning no real harm. “Was it your own idea or were you poorly advised?”

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February 07, 2014

A New Year’s Resolution for Ministry

A friend, colleague and mentor of mine at Faith and Leadership, Nathan Kirkpatrick has been talking for years about over-investing in young people and the importance of giving the youngest generation a shot at not only Christian formation but also Christian ministry. But what does “over-investing” look like?

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January 13, 2014


As a student who gets to preach regularly, I’ve sought advice from countless preachers on the art of writing a sermon.

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November 04, 2013

Ask a Millennial Why They Stay

If you’re in any church circle I’m sure you’ve heard a conversation about the exodus of Millennials from the church and discussed how to prevent it and reverse the damage already done. Countless books have been written and ink spilled trying to articulate the realities of why the “church” isn’t working for my generation.

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