The Church Then And Now is a blog authored by Kurt Fredrickson. As the title suggests, the focus here is the Christian Church with a critical eye on its past while attempting to chart the best course for its future. Kurt use this space for Biblical reflection, for commenting on culture, for reviewing relevant books, and for making the occasional “off the cuff” remark.
Kurt is Associate Dean for Doctor of Ministry and Continuing Education, and Assistant Professor of Pastoral Ministry at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. He is ordained with the Evangelical Covenant Church. Prior to coming to Fuller in 2003, he was on the pastoral staff at Simi (Evangelical) Covenant Church in Simi Valley, CA for twenty-four years, eighteen of those years serving as senior pastor.
Kurt’s family continues to live in Simi Valley, and they still attend the church he once served as pastor. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise; he serves on the Community Crime Prevention Task Force, the City of Simi Valley Task Force on Homelessness, and as the chair of that group’s Faith Community sub-committee, the Simi Valley Community Foundation, the board of the Free Clinic of Simi Valley. He is a Supervising Chaplain with the Simi Valley Police Department.
“I love the church, but I am not naïve about the church. The church offers amazing good news of Jesus that transforms lives and cultures. My passion is to help churches missionally engage with their culture extending blessing and good news, and to offer church leaders a new sense of hope, fostering new imaginations as they navigate through crazy societal shifts.”