Andrew Stephens-Rennie

About Andrew Stephens-Rennie

Andrew Stephens-Rennie is a missional catalyst who delights in pioneering responsive, contextual solutions to the challenge of being church in the 21st Century. Andrew serves on staff at Christ Church Cathedral in Vancouver, BC as the Director of Ministry Innovation. He is the co-planter of the Cathedral’s St. Brigids congregation. He enjoys consulting on new ministry development and church communications, or anything that can help make the church more awesome. Andrew also co-founded and blogs at with Brian J. Walsh.

5 Questions Your Congregation Should be Asking in this Pandemic

By |2020-05-19T22:23:48-04:00May 20th, 2020|Blog, Church, COVID19|

This blog post first appeared on Re-published with permission. How can what we measure encourage good practice? And, what are some aspects of our common life that are worth measuring that might encourage individual and community growth in the midst of these disorienting times? For whatever reason, church leaders have become

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Always Maybe

By |2019-04-18T14:33:37-04:00April 20th, 2019|Blog, Lent, Lent 2019|

God, it was awful.I don’t know if you were there, don’t know if you care or how you’d react if you were. As for me, let me just say it again to be clear: it’s nothing if not an awful, God-forsaken mess.

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Second Friday of Advent

By |2018-12-14T02:21:59-05:00December 14th, 2018|Advent Reader, Blog|

In late October, I met with a number of colleagues who serve with an organization in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES). We were there to reflect on ways to best resource local churches who want to serve

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Decolonizing Church: A Weeping

By |2018-12-31T11:49:51-05:00April 20th, 2018|Blog, Canada 150, Canadian Culture, Racism, Stories, Voices from the Margins|

This is the second part of a reflection. You can read Andrew's earlier post on Decolonizing Church here. Weeping. Confession. Resistance. This is the only way forward for a church in need of decolonization. In late September of 2013, I found myself in a large display hall at Vancouver’s Pacific National Exhibition. Thousands upon

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Decolonizing Church

By |2018-01-13T22:59:42-05:00January 15th, 2018|Blog, Canadian Culture, Church|

A new year has begun. A new year, and a new opportunity to lament a church in decline. Each year, the lament grows louder as denominational leaders and local pastors anxiously demand to know why nobody wants to go to church anymore. I get it. I do. I am a part of a denomination in

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A Silent Loss

By |2017-10-12T16:37:05-04:00October 13th, 2017|Blog, Canadian Culture, Stories|

October 15 is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. Loss and grief are hard subjects, and when that loss is intimate and hidden from view, like a miscarriage, it may not be an easy topic to talk about. More Canadian families have experienced this type of loss than any of us might realize, so the New Leaf blog would like to remember those empty arms and arching hearts with the contributions of two bloggers who have shared their journeys. Leah Perrault and Andrew Stephens-Rennie.

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Come to the Table

By |2017-08-19T16:35:36-04:00August 21st, 2017|Blog, Stories, Theological reflection|

This blog post first appeared on Empire Remixed. Re-published with permission. I can see myself on that road It’s not all that hard It’s a road I’ve walked A thousand times Will walk a thousand times again Before I can walk no more And tonight, standing before you With you, amongst you I

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Being Church

By |2017-05-25T15:32:02-04:00May 26th, 2017|Blog, Canadian Culture|

In this day and age, when we’re endlessly chattering about the “nones” and “dones,” what is it that brings people to, or keeps people coming to church? Over the past decade, I’ve had this conversation with more congregational leaders than I can count.

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