Doug describes himself as an offbeat minister leading a non-traditional church. Yep. Pretty much.
He started Common Thread (it was called North Raleigh Community Church then) in 1995. After being a college minister in a Los Angeles mega-church, he moved to Raleigh and gathered a bunch of folks who were pretty disillusioned with organized religion (like himself). But having experienced deep personal growth within religion, instead of abandoning it altogether, he led the community to figure out where things had gone so badly wrong, and begin working together to fix it.