An Interview with Tim Suttle

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Tim Suttle's Shrink: Faithful Ministry in a Church-Growth Culture was one of our favorite books of 2014. In fact, Chris has said that Shrink is "one of the wisest and most significant evangelical books" that he's read in the last decade. I would agree with that. The book is deeply resonant with the themes of Slow Church.I had the opportunity to interview Tim for the most recent print edition of the Englewood Review of Books. I encourage you to check it out. Below you'll find an excerpt from the published interview and bonus material we couldn't bear to leave on the editing room floor. We th … [Read more...]

Three Ways We Can Foster Gratitude in Our Churches

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Note: The last three days we've been focusing on gratitude as a communal discipline. On Thanksgiving Day, we examined our culture of dissatisfaction and the link between gratitude and justice, between ingratitude and injustice. Yesterday, we talked about how gratitude can open our eyes to the abundance all around us. Today, we conclude our series by describing three ways--three, out of many possibilities--that we can foster a gifts perspective in our churches. They are Asset Mapping, Appreciative Inquiry, and Asset-Based Community Development. Asset Mapping in CongregationsThe process o … [Read more...]

Cultivating Gratitude in Our Communities

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Note: In Slow Church, Chris and I describe gratitude as the vital bridge that connects abundance and generosity. As a spiritual discipline--one that requires time and intentionality, both on our own and in community--gratitude is how we practice recognizing the abundant gifts God has given us. It's how we praise God for those gifts. And it is the energy that compels us to want to share those gifts. This is the second of a three-part series on how gratitude can transform our communities. (Here’s a link to yesterday’s post.) How do you practice gratitude at home, at church, and in your neighb … [Read more...]

Gratitude and Justice

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Note: Researchers have found that the happiest people also tend to be the most grateful. What's interesting is that these folks aren't grateful for being happy; they're happy because they have been intentional about cultivating a life of gratitude. This is the first post in a three-part series (adapted from Slow Church) on how the practice of gratitude can similarly transform our families, churches, and neighborhoods. Tomorrow, we'll talk about how gratitude can open our eyes to the abundance all around us. And on Saturday, we'll talk about a few ways churches in particular can foster a gifts p … [Read more...]

Slow Church Shares the Stage with Slow Food & Slow Money

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Friends of Slow Church,The last four months have been almost magical. Since Slow Church officially released on June 3, we’ve been surprised, delighted, and truly humbled by people’s responses to the book. Those responses have been overwhelmingly positive, and even the occasional pushback we’ve received has helped move the Slow Church conversation forward. We’re grateful for all of it. Thank you.I have two goals for this post. First, I want to give you the briefest update on what’s been happening with the book. Second, we want to make an exciting announcement about how Slow Church has be … [Read more...]

Slow Church Conversation Guide – Beta Version

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Though each chapter of Slow Church ends with "conversation starters," questions meant to help prompt discussion, it's always been our goal to create a more robust conversation guide. But we've been running behind schedule on it. Honestly, the last few months have been busier and "faster" than we expected, as we've been blessed to travel around the country to talk about the book in dozens of backyards, living rooms, churches, conferences, colleges and universities.But now we're hearing from many churches and study groups that are going through Slow Church together, and so the conversation gu … [Read more...]

Giveaway: Five Books for Five-Stars

Last Friday, Slow Church received its 20th five-star review on Amazon. (It now has 22 five-star reviews.) We’ve been humbled by this outpouring of support.To say thank you, we’re giving away five books, all to one person! Because we think Slow Church is a book best read in community, someone will receive four copies to read with their church, Sunday school class, book club, or wherever they discuss books. They will also receive one copy of The New Parish, a book we often urge folks to read in conjunction with ours.Here’s how to enter the drawing:On Facebook or Twitter, answer this q … [Read more...]


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