Hugh Halter is the national director of Missio, a global network of missional leaders and church planters. He also is a specialist with Church Resource Ministries, and the lead architect of Adullam, a congregational network of incarnational communities. Hugh has authored two books, The Tangible Kingdom and The Sacrilegious Disciple. He currently lives in Denver with his wife Cheryl and his children, Ryan, Alli, and Mckenna.
Q. What changes are others noticing about you?
A: My wife says, “If Hugh did not start churches, he would probably never go to one.” I am a community advocate whose mission is to embody God’s kingdom on earth. I teach by pastoring to people’s needs, not by elevating myself as a preacher. When people introduce me to others, they make this distinction by saying, “He’s a pastor but he’s not what you’d expect.” Even my daughter says, “He’s a pastor and he rides a Harley.”
Q. What has been the most challenging part of your path?
A: Turning relationship ministry into organized church. I feel more comfortable being a neighborhood advocate than a church pastor. However, I recognize that people drift apart if they are not held together in a faith community. Sometimes I feel frustrated with people—including pastors—who want to attend church but not engage in the world. I teach them to act like missionaries, to embody the faith on the street and see what God does. The most powerful spiritual things happen through spontaneous interruption.
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