In 1990-91 I attended Yale University Divinity School to find answers.  As a youth pastor, I remember driving vans, hosting lock-ins and setting up folding chairs — and being very lonely.  Meanwhile, I read the New Testament and discovered descriptions of rich, meaningful relationships among church members.  Why wasn’t I experiencing that?

I studied the social milieu of the early church, wrote a thesis and learned that even in the first-century, the church was an exception among the various types of groups people could join.  The church was meant to be an environment for life-changing, disciple-making relationships.

This series of “Steve the Pastor” considers these relationships from a variety of perspectives.