Questions and Answers
The task assigned us as Christians can at first seem daunting: the big secret is that it really isn’t. All it takes is a little perspective and that first step to begin walking the path of faith in our everyday lives. These are some of the most common questions we’ve heard from the Christian community; if you have a question we haven’t included, we encourage you to ask!
Our lives abound with mission opportunities! Together, we’ll explore ways to actively watch for these chances to be of service through everyday mission in everyday life.
Many Christians want to go deeper in their walk with Christ but feel uneasy talking about “spirituality”. Together, we’ll explore ways to successfully integrate our Christian faith with our entire, everyday lives.
The mind-body-spirit connection originates with God. Spirituality is a vital part of Christian life: focus on the spirit allows opportunity for mission encounters in everyday life.
We want to share our faith in practical ways, and we invite you to join us. By actively living our faith, we answer Christ’s call to emulate His teachings.
My Call to Mission
Before my life focused on helping other Christians answer the call to everyday mission, I worked as an interior designer, drafter, and architectural designer. While I generally enjoyed the work, it was also time- and energy-consuming. Fortunately, I was actively involved in a faith community. When I spoke with a dear friend (also my pastor) about growing disenchantment with the fast pace and banal constraints of my career, he answered with a question: did I think the Lord was calling me to ministry?
She had a point, I had my doubts, and God had a plan. (He generally does.)
Several years later, through events only God could have arranged, I finished my coursework and earned a Master of Divinity degree. In 2010, I received ordination from the Church of the Nazarene. My first assignment focused in hospice chaplaincy.
That mission frequently took me beyond the traditional boundaries of the church. I found that people often had questions and misunderstandings about God and Christianity. My education provided a solid foundation to offer answers, but at times I struggled. I’d learned so much in the course of my studies, but I needed to find a way to clearly, succinctly relate that knowledge.
I spoke about these concerns with my husband. We had always been – and remain! – a team. Long before God turned my life in a new direction, Cole and I often had conversations that delved deep into Biblical and theological themes. Sometimes events at work prompted these conversations; other times questions from our children provided the inspiration. Often, my woodpile theologian would begin these conversations with two simple words: “Consider this…”
Despite – or perhaps because of – his lifelong work in the lumber industry and lack of formal theological training, I found that my husband’s insights often challenged and delighted me. As I continued my growth in academia (toward a Ph.D. earned in 2017, and as a Lecturer in Practical Ministry at Evangelical Seminary), these talks became an anchor in all the right ways: the differences in our approaches made these conversations resonate with me, and I began to build a bridge between academic theology and practical everyday faith.
Everyday Mission that personal bridge into a two-way bridge between traditional pastoral experiences and the trials, opportunities and rewards of mission in everyday Christian life.
Education, Experience, Service
Once I accepted the personal call to mission, diligence, perseverance and faith led to academic achievement.
- Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Theological Studies
- Master of Divinity (M.Div.)
- Clinical Pastoral Education, Level I
To see the full list of my academic qualifications, click here.
I have had opportunity to publish several pieces and see my work featured in multiple journals.
- “Hospice as Missio Dei and Missio Spiritus” in Theory in Practice: Case Studies in Missiology.
- “Universal Savior: Easter Week Three.” Missional Preacher: American Society of Missiology.
- “The Faith and Praxis of Women in Mission in the Early Pentecostal and Holiness Movement,” The Asbury Journal.
Those who are interested may click here for a complete listing of published works.
When blessed with opportunities to pass on what I’ve learned to other students of theology, I accept gladly.
- HLT-310V, Spirituality and Healthcare, Grand Canyon University, College of Theology, Phoenix, AZ (online)
- PM665, Healing Conversations Across the Care Continuum, Evangelical Seminary, Myerstown, PA
- PM693, Mentored Ministry I (Congregational Care), Evangelical Seminary, Myerstown, PA
For a complete listing of all collegiate-level theological courses I’ve taught, please click here.
I have crafted and delivered multiple presentations for interested groups outside the halls of academia.
- “The Harmony of the Hospice Model: Integrating Theology and the Holy Spirit with Science in Medical Care.”
- “The Faith and Praxis of Women in Missions in the Early Pentecostal and Holiness Movement.”
- “‘Blessed are the Poor in Spirit;’ Pneumatology, Missio Dei and the ‘Option for the Poor.’”
To see a complete list of previous presentations for both clergy and laypersons, click here.
I have active affiliations with several theological groups and organizations.
A complete list of all those associations who have welcomed me into their number can be viewed here.
I am currently, and have been, involved in a number of active ministries.
- Moms in Prayer International
- Keystone Walk to Emmaus
- American Society of Missiology – Missional Preacher
I firmly believe that participation in a faith community strengthens all Christians, both in everyday and academic life.
My work includes teaching, speaking, and mentoring for Christians in all walks of life, and at all stages of their spiritual journey; these are a few examples of professional services that I’ve offered in the past, and will continue to provide. Please feel free to contact me to explore these or other services I could bring to your organization.
Short (20 – 45 minute) speeches or presentations specifically designed for the group making the request. These may be presented as a plenary or keynote speaker for gatherings of academics, pastors or other professionals; alternately, these may be provided as a guest or event speaker for gatherings of laypeople and general church populations.
These day-long events consist of one or two speaking sessions about a specific topic of interest. For academics, this may take the form of a training seminar or workshop focused on a topic of interest for pastors, chaplains, academics and other professionals. For laypeople this often takes the form of a retreat presentation with the goal of teaching or training on a specific topic.
Custom print and/or online publications, varying in length depending on the subject area and publication format, are available upon request. Professional audiences request research articles with in-depth studies and references on specific topics, focused on providing information to clergy and academics. Laypeople often request topical articles with a focus on provision of cultural context as it relates to the chosen topic.
These custom-developed written works provide information for in-depth study of a particular subject, and may be published in print or online, and may include a workbook or study guide. Clergy and other professionals may request training materials to serve as a resource for their vocational needs; groups of laypeople may be interested in study guides for Bible study groups and similar pursuits.
Subject to availability, Dr. Fleming produces original, full-length textbooks and similar materials. These commissions are almost exclusively requested by members of the academic community.