• Kelly Steffen

  • Lessons from a Road Trip

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    Most of you were aware that Al (our Youth Professor) and I took a ten-day road trip with our students to visit pastors and missional leaders from about sixteen or more churches in Alberta and BC. I even received a t-shirt from the trip- “Menno...
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  • Three Great Little Resources for Pastoral Students

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    Earlier this week, I received three small books, all in pastel colors from Zondervan Publishers. The three books, written mostly by Brian Croft, with forwards from a variety of people had all been revised from previous works.. The series is called Practical Shepherding and Brian...
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  • Red Neck Funeral

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    Now our family is a little red-neck.  I  mean I come from a lineage of pioneers, homesteaders, and entrepreneurs who braved the west and made a life on the open Prairie. Most of my family lived on farms or at least out in the country....
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  • Lessons from a fence build

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    This past weekend, our family decided to begin the journey of putting up a fence in our backyard. We simply wanted to keep our dogs from defecating on our neighbor’s lawn, oh, and keep our kids in too. But not to worry, the kids don’t...
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  • Rural Church Pastor’s Network

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    A new swell is moving across the Prairie landscape- a tsunami of pastors not content to do ministry alone. There are no lone rangers here – folks. Rural ministry is gaining new popularity, as networks of pastor’s converge for training and development as well as,...
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  • A Grad Prayer

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    A few weeks ago, we had a wonderful time as we watched our four year grads celebrate their time here at Prairie. The class asked that a couple of us might come and pray for them at the end of the Baccalaureate service. A number...
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  • Creating A Culture of Honesty

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    Yesterday, Prairie was privileged to host Willow Creek’s Innovate Conference, which had to do with creating cultures of honesty within organizations and churches.  Pastor Tim Schroeder did a wonderful job facilitating the itinerant event which is traveling to a number of cities across Canada.  There were 150...
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  • Reflections on the Daily Office

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    Recently one of my students came into my office with a gift.  He said, “I have something for you that I think you will enjoy.” The gift was a small devotional reading called, “Daily Office: Remembering God’s Presence Throughout the Day.” by Peter Scazzero, published by Willow.  This...
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