Since 1982 Paul has served the Lutheran Church as a pastor, fully immersed in the ministry of Word and Sacrament and the lives of those he’s served.
Paul was most recently pastor at Phinney Ridge Lutheran in Seattle. There, along with the congregation, Paul pioneered a modern adaptation of the church’s ancient way of bringing new Christians into a life of faith. Having retired at Phinney Ridge, it is to writing and teaching about this process that he’s now turned his full-time attention in pastoral ministry.
Paul still is eager to do the things that pastors do – like preach, teach, administer the sacraments, preside at weddings and lead memorial services. One of his many passions is working with couples seeking counseling in preparation for marriage.
Hoffman, whose professional life has spanned the last thirty years of tumultuous changes in American Christianity, is a seasoned and practical guide to the how and why of contemporary communal formation. He is also a very passionate and persuasive one.
Phyllis Tickle, author of Emergence Christianity and The Great Emergence