Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus
by C. Christopher Smith and John Pattison
"One of the freshest alternatives to church life as it is today. Buy this, but don't read it fast. Read it slow."
—Scot McKnight, professor of New Testament, Northern Seminary
In Slow Church, Chris Smith and John Pattison invite us to leave franchise faith behind and enter into the ecology, economy and ethics of the kingdom of God.
"By learning to live a slow, attentive life together in our churches, we give our neighbors and the world a tiny but irresistible taste of a life that is rich, vibrant and full of meaning. Isn’t that ultimately what everybody wants?"
"As a pastor, I lingered over the words of Slow Church with delight as they inspired me and made me welcome what we might become." Read what Carol Howard Merritt and others are saying about the book.
"Following Jesus has been diminished to a privatized faith rather than a lifelong apprenticeship undertaken in the context of Christian community."
For the next two weeks, Chris and John are answering your questions about "slow church" on their blog!
To read this book well you have to do some slow reading, not because it is tedious — for that it is clearly not — but because we are all so hurried and harried that we need to slow down just to hear what Slow Church is all about.
Slow Church is an invitation into the long, rich, deep and necessarily slow conversation about what it means to be part of the movement that Jesus started 2,000 years ago.
If I could require every pastor in America to read Slow Church, I would. If churches would read this book and heed its advice, then ironically, I think the church would fast become a much more meaningful part of God’s mission of redemption.
I am grateful for the reminders of a theology of the Holy One that reflects the character and intent of God in a way that is counter to so much of what is offered as advice for current congregations.
The New Testament notes two ways to approach time, chronos and kairos. Kairos time is meaningful; it is the fullness of time in which the Messiah comes. Kairos time is qualitative, contemplative, deliberate, and relational.
Ellen Painter Dollar
Slow Church is an energizing, optimistic read, laying out a broad vision, with supporting examples from scripture as well as faith communities around the country, for what “slow church” might look like, and why this model is healthier for churches, neighborhoods, and individuals.
I want to offer a report on the book’s potential audience from my small corner of the world: a small Wesleyan liberal arts college in central Kentucky.
Slow Church is a godsend, a wonder, a must-read. This book, almost a manifesto, but not quite so pushy, will eventually, Lord willing, be seen as a seminal contribution.
The authors are dead right — modern Christianity is way too fast(food) paced! Slowness is a virtue, just as stillness is.