Slow Church Stories #4: First Christian Church (Erwin, TN)

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Over the next couple of weeks, we will be sharing a number of stories of churches whose life together embodies some facet of Slow Church.  We hope these stories will stretch your imagination about what a Slow Church looks like. Previous Story: Vineyard Central (Norwood, OH) First Christian Church Erwin, TN  *** Check out SLOW CHURCH on the Patheos Book Club... Written by Todd Edmondson, pastor of FCC. Among the many ways that the modern church experiences fragmentation and brokenness, the split between generations is a rift that it seems most congregations are content to … [Read more...]

10 Ways to Start Practicing Slow Church

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Last Thursday, I had the opportunity to participate in a great event at Warner Pacific College called "ReThinking Church." The event was curated by WP's Assistant Director of Campus Ministries, Michelle Lang, and by Tony Kriz, author of the wonderful Neighbors & Wise Men. Along with the other featured speakers -- Kelly Bean, whose How to be a Christian without Going to Church comes out early next month, and the three authors of the essential book, The New Parish -- I was asked to help "imagine afresh what faith-gathering can and must look like in our radically shifting world." I … [Read more...]

Slow Church Stories #3: Vineyard Central Church

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Over the next couple of weeks, we will be sharing a number of stories of churches whose life together embodies some facet of Slow Church.  We hope these stories will stretch your imagination about what a Slow Church looks like. Previous Story: Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church Vineyard Central Norwood, OH  *** Check out SLOW CHURCH on the Patheos Book Club this week... Located in Norwood, an incorporated township that is surrounded by the city of Cincinnati, Vineyard Central (VC) has been cultivating a presence in the few blocks near their church building.  In the … [Read more...]

Slow Church Stories #2: Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church

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Over the next couple of weeks, we will be sharing a number of stories of churches whose life together embodies some facet of Slow Church.  We hope these stories will stretch your imagination about what a Slow Church looks like. Previous Story: Salem Alliance Church Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church Johnson City, TN  *** Check out SLOW CHURCH on the Patheos Book Club this week... [ This story was told by our friend Phil Kenneson in a pamphlet on Slow Church that he wrote for the Ekklesia Project, entitled Praticing Ecclesial Patience, which can be read in full online … [Read more...]

Slow Church Stories: Salem Alliance Church

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Over the next couple of weeks, we will be sharing a number of stories of churches whose life together embodies some facet of Slow Church.  We hope these stories will stretch your imagination about what a Slow Church looks like.   Salem Alliance Church (Salem, OR  -- Where John's parents are members)  *** Check out SLOW CHURCH on the Patheos Book Club this week... My (John’s) parents go to Salem Alliance, a large Christian and Missionary Alliance church in downtown Salem, which is about twenty-five minutes from my town of Silverton. Not long ago, Salem Alliance had the … [Read more...]

Tiny Tastes of Slow Church

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This week, John has started tweeting some best quotes and ideas from the Slow Church book... If you use Twitter, make sure that you follow us:  @SlowChurches .  Watch for our tweets and Retweet your favorite ones. (If you have a copy of the book already, feel free to tweet your favorite quotes using the hashtag #SlowChurch. ) Even if you aren't on Twitter, you should be able to read the quotes here: https://twitter.com/slowchurches Here are a few of my favorites:   Our calling into the abundant life of #SlowChurch begins and ends with the love, patience, and longsuffering of … [Read more...]

Imagining Flourishing Communities.

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Here at Englewood Christian Church, we are in the process of discussing details of a proposal for a Senior Housing Development in our neighborhood.  There is a basic vision for the project, and an architect has sketched initial plans: As the first phase of development on the former Crown Laundry site, the Oxford Street Senior Apartments will feature 30-senior units to be housed in a three story building with a modern architectural style. Masonry and cement board construction with flat roofs lend to the classic style desired for the site. The latest in green building techniques will be … [Read more...]


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