Karina Kreminski

Inner city dweller. Explorer. Writer. Leaf blower hater. Flâneuse.
Neighbourhood enthusiast. Lover of all things urban. Tea snob. Shalom builder.

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The Spirituality of Jesus: Stop and Go?

  (This post first appeared on Missio Alliance) Brad Brisco and Lance Ford in their excellent book The Missional Quest have a really helpful chapter called "Stop and Go: Rhythms of Inner Formation." The chapter is about the importance of rest in the life of a...

Leadership Design and Cake

(This post first appeared at Arrow Leadership) I remember very well the time that a wonderful elderly lady from the church I was leading, made an appointment to see me. On the day, she came to my office holding a scrumptious cake she had made so we could eat together....

Musings on the “One Guy” Leadership Model

(This post first appeared on Missio Alliance) Recently I was at a gathering of church planters and I had a conversation with one planter which made me think again about how we view church leadership. I'm thinking about planting a church myself, so I am interested in...

Is Church Meant To Be Safe?

(This post first appeared at Missio Alliance) Recently I had an experience where I was sharing in a group with other Christians. We were all speaking very openly about some of the issues that we were struggling with in our lives. As one member of the group spoke about...

‘Let’s rest here for a little bit’

Have you ever heard someone say something like, 'That guy is a machine'? Or maybe you have heard something like, 'She just powers on like a machine'. When people say such things about others I'm often left feeling a little confused. It surprised me to realise the...

What Happened When I Stopped Being a Senior Pastor

(This post first appeared on Missio Alliance) Last year I finished my ministry at the church which I had been leading for 13 years. For about seven of those years my role was Senior Pastor. So that’s seven years of leading, vision casting, pastoring, nurturing a team,...

The Hidden Gnosticism in Evangelical Christianity

(Photo by Ina Echternack,CCvia Flickr) (This post first appeared in Missio Alliance) A while ago I heard someone say “Christian discipleship is the process of becoming more human”. I remember the phrase staying with me for some time as I tossed and turned it over in...

The Fallacy of the Homogeneity Principle

  (This Post First Appeared in Missio Alliance)   I can remember over 15 years ago now, having a memorable conversation with my pastor at that time. I was a student pastor way back then and eager to fix our church which I thought was becoming irrelevant in its...

Why Bother with Advent?

(Simeon with the Infant Jesus, Benjamin West) Why bother with Advent? This is not a question that I have heard anyone ask me audibly, but I have seen the looks on some people's faces when I mention the word, looks which seem to ask me this question in a rather puzzled...

The Pastor as Cultural Exegete

(This post first appeared in Missio Alliance)   One thing that I am usually wrestling with as a pastor of a suburban church in Sydney, is how the church can embody the narrative of the Kingdom of God story in a culture which displays so many false narratives. In a...

Is Church Turning us into Nice people?

(This Blog first appeared at MissioAlliance.org) The other day someone told me about a discussion they had with a friend who said that they were leaving their church to join another church. Fair enough I thought, I hear this a lot. What caught my attention however is...

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About Karina Kreminski

Karina Kreminski has worked in the fields of English teaching, Journalism and has also been a Minister in the Church. She currently teaches at Morling College in Sydney and also writes and blogs about spirituality, mission, and theology. Karina has led a church and also been on various denominational boards and vision committees. She loves mentoring young women for leadership and speaks regularly at churches and conferences on neighbourhood and community mission and activism. She is the facilitator of The Happiness Lab at the Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre, and is involved in a storytelling project called Surry Hills & Valleys with locals in Surry Hills, an inner city village in Sydney.

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I feel like I'm in the presence of parish mission royalty. I got to tag along this morning as my dear friend @KarinaKreminski showed my other dear friends Paul and Elizabeth Sparks around her neighbourhood, Surry Hills.

“Today, it is fashionable to talk about the poor.
Unfortunately, it is not so fashionable to talk with them.”

// Mother Teresa

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