aldoro1 225x300 Detoxing from Church

Dorothy Heins and Al Doyle shortly after becoming engaged.

A while back, after an intense and deep immersion in the experience of leadership in the evangelical church world, I decided to take some time off and detox.  It was, and continues to be, a valuable experience, helping me claim  my faith as my own as well as setting a new course for service and spiritual growth.  From time-t0-time, when my day job permits, I use this space to share some observations along the way.

The term “Detoxing from Church” is one I learned from a posting on Spencer Burke’s blog and social community “The Ooze” http://  The post deals with advice from one young pastor to another about jumping quickly from one church experience into another. Obviously, it inspired me!