Hi, I’m Jeff Gissing. I’m a Presbyterian Pastor and writer who lives in Wheaton, Illinois. I serve as Transitional Pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Aurora, Illinois.

My calling is to shepherd congregations to understand and experience that they exist, not for themselves, but “to the praise of [God’s] glorious grace” (Eph. 1:6) and to go out into the world and make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19).

I received my theological training at Beeson Divinity School of Samford University (M.Div.), and have done further study (towards a Th.M. in Church History) at Westminster Theological Seminary.

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How to make change that matters

Start with resolve In the gospel accounts of Jesus’ life and ministry, there comes a point where we’re told, “he turned his face towards Jerusalem” (Luke 9:51-56). It’s a statement showing Jesus’ resolve to carry out the mission that His Father had given to him, “to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark

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Dealing with church bullies

A bully is someone who “habitually seeks to harm or intimidate those they see as vulnerable.” Perhaps surprisingly to many, churches are not immune to the threat of bullies. There are, in every congregation, people who tend to want to baptize their unhealthy behavior in the language of “I’m a lead, follow, or get out

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Why should I go to church?

Barna reports that one in three practicing Christians has stoppped attending church. The report divides COVID-era Christians into at least three categories: (1) those who attend their own church digitally, (2) those who attend another church digitally, and (3) those who no longer attend any church digitally. Each of these three categories represents a third of those surveyed.

Leadership lessons

The longer I’ve found myself in leadership the more I’ve found myself using aphorisms or saying to communicate important lessons or principles. Many are from other sources, some are my own (those without a source). “Cooperation happens at the speed of trust.” James N. Mattis “Idiots rarely lack confidence.” “Character is fate.” – Heraclitus ‘People

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An untenable life

Our society has been living on a knife’s edge. COVID-19 is making that arrangement untenable. The great recession of 2007 was an opportunity for many of us to recognize–perhaps for the first time in a generation–that our economic way of life is precarious at best. In that moment, the bursting of the mortgage-backed securities bubble

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In search of a deeper life

I happened upon this video of a journalist and his friends who coverted a little shed into a writer’s studio. It’s short, so take a look: I love the simplicity and the vision of this project. What a wonderful way to use materials that would, otherwise, be thrown into a landfill. Also, it’s a fantastic

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