When Canadian Jeremy Norton applied for a position in Alaska, the birthplace of his wife, he never envisioned that God would actually call him to the Northern Roads. But God had a plan that was greater than anything Jeremy could have imagined.
Journey down the Northern Roads with Jeremy as he reflects back on his early days as a pastor when he still had a lot to learn about loving people and be challenged to grow in your own walk with Christ.
The small-town, isolated Alaskan territory is the perfect place for one to stretch himself and to learn to love your neighbor in the local coffee shop. So, grab your own cup of coffee and take a trip down memory lane with Jeremy Norton on the Northern Roads.
Jeremy Norton is a storyteller, and what a story he has to tell. Having pastored in the north myself for many years, I know that leadership in the far north is not for the faint of heart. My interest is how that the leadership lessons tested in the extreme circumstances of the north are of value to all of us working in less demanding contexts. Come for the stories. Leave with the insights, and you won’t be disappointed.
Kenton C. Anderson, PhD.
President of Providence University College and Theological Seminary; author of Integrative Preaching (Baker Academic)
If you feel the allure of the northern lights, value the church, and enjoy considering how the gospel and culture interact, then Northern Roads is a book you should be reading. Based upon his love for all things Northern, pastor and author Jeremy Norton merges his own call to ministry with unique stories of leading a church in the vast Yukon territory. In so doing, Jeremy interacts with both current church leadership philosophies and the secular trends of Canadian culture. Whether you simply like an interesting tale or prefer to take time to contemplate how to apply Christian truth to your own micro-culture, this is a book you would appreciate.
Can a southern boy grow into a Northern man with a fruitful ministry? Evidently the answer is yes as we follow his journey through small northern communities into blessing and insights for others whether north or south. With insight into “outside the wall” ministry to team building and mentoring, Jeremy has interesting and helpful insights into ministry beyond the geographic area he has served.
Rev. Doug Blair
Chair, Fellowship National Council (www.fellowship.ca)