Seminary Dropout 74: Erin Lane, Author of Lessons in Belonging from a Church-Going Commitment Phobe



Erin S. Lane works as an assistant program director for clergy and congregational leader programs for the Center for Courage & Renewal. Unlike me, she has a master of theological studies degree from Duke Divinity School.

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Erin’s book is a beautiful and shockingly honest look at her journey in being a part of a church. If you’re looking for propaganda sanctioned by a large evangelical denomination, then this isn’t the book for you. Erin openly examines her own motivations and feelings and isn’t afraid to be wrong. She’s also not afraid to examine the faults of churches she attends and point out when things aren’t done as well as they could be.

If you have issues with the church, read this book. If you love the church, read this book. If you’ve been wounded by the church, you especially, read this book!

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3 thoughts on “Seminary Dropout 74: Erin Lane, Author of Lessons in Belonging from a Church-Going Commitment Phobe

  1. Erin does not introduce Christ as Head of the church and what that means for the congregation. Who is usually the head? We know the martyrs and the prisoners are saints. Reconciliation, struggle, humanity, et al are themes she mentioned as well as the Presence in her congregation. Christ as authority can shatter the human organizational structure or the printed bulletin. Most corporate charters of seminaries, colleges, or congregations list the Bible first- not Christ. The Armenian denomination proudly points to their apostolic fathers. The Risen Christ should be primary in our documents and practice. Erin’s journey is very interesting. Her practical questions of how to commit in order to use one’s gifts is honest. One Texas preacher just told the congregation the jobs vacant in the children and nursery areas. Who is going to pick up the church members in the ghetto? Driving the church van is always open. How does the last being first really work out in the congregation?

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