The Rev. Thomas L. Brackett is the Episcopal Church Center's Missioner for Church Planting, Ministry Redevelopment and Fresh Expressions of church. He offers his ministry via three primary channels:
1.) training and coaching videoconference and teleconference calls (six monthly available to the public),
2.) long-term consulting with Diocesan leaders on diocesan-wide revitalization and
3.) in person presenting and training on the diocesan and provincial level.
Tom has been passionate about lively communities of faith for twenty-eight years of ordained life. He has led two church plants and started several new ministries within existing parishes. He is certified as a Coach and trained as a process consultant with an appreciative orientation.
He is a graduate of Union Institute and studied at Episcopal Divinity School and Bangor (ME) Seminary, earning a master of divinity degree.
This passage is the gospel assigned for the 7th Sunday of Easter. In this excerpt, the writer offers us a word for word transcript of a prayer that he has somehow overheard Jesus praying. Jesus is here talking to His Heavenly Father, quite intimately reflecting on his mission. You might say that he is offering God a kind of exit interview. He explains that he understands his mission as that of making God's name known to these few who have been pulled out from the rest of the world. These are the few who would "get it." Oh right, and there was that one who was destined to be lost--speaking of Judas. The rest--well Jesus is asking the Holy Father to guard them from the Evil One and protect them--set them aside-- keep them untainted.Read full transcript...