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Sam Gutierrez

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Sam was born and raised in Southern California.  At the age of 18, he left home and went to Dordt College in Iowa where he graduated with a degree in Graphic Design in the year of 2000.  After he graduated, he served in a church in Northern California for three years working with students in grade 6 through 12.  Feeling a call to campus ministry, Sam went back to Iowa, working at Dordt as a part time Resident Director and part time campus pastor.  After four enjoyable years, he started his Master’s of Divinity Degree at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan.  From 2010 – 2015, Sam worked as a Christian Reformed chaplain at UBC – Okanagan, BC.  Sam is currently serving part time as a pastor of spiritual formation at Granite Springs Church in Lincoln, CA and part time as a Regional Cataylst with Faith Formation Ministries serving Christian Reformed Churches in California.  Sam also loves cycling, drawing, coffee, poetry, and toast.

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So, What Do YOU Do?

“Pastor” is a word that I like. I have good associations with it and sometimes it’s helpful to use because it opens the door. But sometimes I have to let it go and find more creative ways to communicate what I do. 

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7 Powerful Faith Formation Tools

As pastor of spiritual formation at my church, I have a lot of faith formation "tools" in my toolbox. Some are very specific. Some are weirdly shaped. Here are 7 of my favorite and most powerful tools. 

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Worship That Welcomes

My church has approximately 40 different denominational backgrounds represented. In such a diverse group, the tendency is to go "wide," stripping worship to singing and a message. But what if we opted to go "deep" instead?

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Spiritual Math

In a culture of overstuffed garages and storage units, it’s hard to talk about letting go. It’s hard to talk about dying. It’s difficult to teach subtraction and it’s difficult to learn, but we must. 

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Walking Like Jesus

Simply put: Jesus walked. He never flew in a plane or drove a car. Today we don’t "walk" our discipleship. We view the journey to Jerusalem as a commute. Would slowing our pace deepen relationships? What might we notice?

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