by Andrew Stephens-Rennie

In a strange twist of fate, Levi’s provides a way better commissioning to go out and actively love and seek to renew the world, than I’ve heard in a church in a long time.


What d’ya think? What do we, as a church need in order to reclaim the urgency of being sent into the world? What do our churches, and Christians locked in their pews need in order to feel freed and sent to do God’s work?

If it takes disaster, I can think of plenty of problems in this world that could use some solving. There is plenty broken that could use fixing. There are plenty of communities to build, gardens to maintain, and people to love.

The world is broken. God calls us to be part of its redemption.

In God’s plan, is buying jeans part of the solution?

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Andrew Stephens-Rennie
Andrew is a writer, dreamer and organizer with a keen interest in developing leaders in faith, compassion and justice.

He currently serves as the Director of Missional Renewal for the Anglican Diocese of Kootenay on the unceded territories of the Sinixt, Syilx, and Ktunaxa nations. He previously served as the Director of Ministry Innovation at Christ Church Cathedral in Vancouver, BC.

Andrew is cofounder and contributing editor at, and co-editor of "A Sort of Homecoming: Essays Honoring the Academic and Community Work of Brian Walsh" with Marcia Boniferro and Amanda Jagt.

One Response to “Commissioning”

  1. Rachel

    I felt the exact same way when I first saw their new ads and went online and saw the Braddock videos. It was a strange mixture of hope and shame. Hope in realising that they were broadcasting the ideals I’m coming to hold myself, but shame in that it was coming from a completely different source than I thought it should have.

    Now it’s a matter of accepting the challenge as I see it, and trying to awaken those who’s call it was in the first place, in the process.


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