Since 1982 Paul has served the Lutheran Church as an ordained pastor, fully immersed in the ministry of Word and Sacrament and the lives of those he’s served.

Paul has been called by the Synod Council of the Northwest Washington Synod as a writer and teacher, and shares his gifts throughout the country and world as a keynote speaker, workshop leader, teacher and clinician.  While primarily teaching and writing about faith formation for adults, Paul is comfortable leading on a wide range of pastoral ministry topics related to baptismal theology and practice.

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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


Paul’s latest book is in the Augsburg Fortress Worship Matters series and is a manual for Ministers of Hospitality (ushers, greeters, and others) in a parish setting. This volume joins a distinguished set of similar resources that Augsburg Fortress is offering for Assisting Ministers, Lectors, Intercessors, and now – Ministers of Hospitality. Get your copy today!
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Paul is a widely sought teacher about parish renewal and bringing new Christians into the faith as disciples of Jesus. Faith formation for adults is a pathway to preparing those who have never (or at least not recently) had a relationship with Christ as a disciple. Using the tools of the ancient Catechumenate, Paul can help you and your congregation prepare to welcome new adults to the baptismal font and into a life of faith in Christ.

He has keynoted and led workshops in Seattle, in parishes and leadership conferences of many denominations across the country and in Oxford, Paris, St. Petersburg and, this November, Sweden.

Paul has also developed a process of mentoring newly ordained clergy in small cohorts, assisting them to find a place to study the scriptures with colleagues, pray together, and strengthen their gifts for ministry in the years of their first call. Send a message via the website if you’d like more information on how to form a group in your area.

Visit his travel schedule, or check out the …trending section to the right, for up-coming bookings in a city near you. Feel free to get in touch to arrange for his leadership in your congregation or group.


Upcoming Catechumenal Training Events:

September 16-18, 2016 (Friday to Sunday)
Our Saviour's Atonement Lutheran Church (ELCA), Washington Heights, New York City
For more information: Contact Pr. John Flack: jzflack@gmail.com

15 October (Saturday)
One-Day Catechumenal Immersion
St. John Lutheran Church (ELCA)
Cardington (Windfall), OH
For more information: Contact Pr. Adam Sornchai at asornchai@gmail.com

April 28-30, 2017 (Friday through Sunday)
Grace Lutheran Church (ELCA), Wenatchee, WA
For more information: Contact Pr. James Aalgaard jaalgaard@nwi.net

In other news: A NAAC Catechumenate Training Institute is scheduled for Arden, North Carolina May 4 to 6, 2017. For more information contact Rick Rouse (Team Leader) at rwrouse@comcast.net or Larry Ehren (NAAC Training Coordinator) at lgehren@yqahoo.com