Spencer is a man of metaphors. “Kindling” describes his approach to speaking and consulting. He sparks new thought and conversation in his audiences and clients through his innovative thinking, humor, compassion, and use of arts and technology. Whether talking to ten or ten thousand, he encourages people to view their businesses and relationships in new ways, and they walk away ablaze with the possibilities.
“Cavepainting” is an ancient tool used to express the stories of the soul. Spencer has always been fascinated with individual and collective spiritual stories and has chronicled these through his photography. His work has been collected and exhibited at galleries, and he has taught photography at the university level. Spencer cofounded the Damah film festival exploring spiritual themes. In the 1990s, he created TheOOZE.com, a safe online community for a diverse faith-based population to connect through articles, message boards, and social networking. This community has grown to include over 250,000 monthly visitors from ninety countries. Spencer is author of Making Sense of Church, in which he contrasted his twenty-two years as a pastor in a traditional church with eight years of exploring emerging, nontraditional metaphors; and A Heretics Guide to Eternity, in which he explored the concepts of “who’s in and who’s out.”
After achieving more than he dreamed as a teaching pastor at a megachurch, Spencer refocused on his original desires to love, serve, and live a grace-filled life. Spencer lives out his faith with what the Los Angeles Times called “a church with no name.” Spencer developed ETREK, collaborative learning groups that challenge the individual and traditional educational values. Soularize.net is his latest adventure, where he is looking for new ways to evolve.
Spencer lives with Lisa, his wife of twenty years, and children, Alden and Grace in southern California
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