Slow Church Book Tour – Mid-Atlantic States – Nov. 2014

Well, I (Chris) am excited to be doing a bunch of Slow Church events in the Mid-Atlantic states next month! Dates include… Read more

Slow Church Shares the Stage with Slow Food & Slow Money

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… Read more

Chris Smith and Tim Soerens in Conversation [ Video]

Intervarsity Press has just released a video that Tim Soerens (one of the co-authors of The New Parish) and I filmed at the Wild Goose Festival this summer… I am delighted to share it with you here! Read more

Slow Church Playlist: Need Your Help…

In learning to abide with a song, we learn what it means to abide with another, to receive and to be transformed by the gift. Read more

Options for the Coming Age: Benedict, Jeremiah, Both, or Neither?

“Living in the midst of the world as an alternative community requires the ability to function as a community of discernment. Much of this ongoing discernment will be focused on whether the community is being faithful to its call to be an embodied witness in and for the world without being of the world.” Read more

Slow Church Conversation Guide – Beta Version

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… Read more

Relationally-Based Community Development [Economics of Church and Seminary #3]

A while back I sat down with several of my homeless and formerly homeless neighbors to talk about our community. We talked about many things, about who was providing helpful goods and services, which churches were welcoming, the strengths of our neighborhood, and what needs were not being met. Read more

First Thoughts on U2’s Songs of Innocence

My friend Greg Blosser, the consummate U2 fan, shares his initial thoughts about the new album Songs of Experience,which dropped by surprise today, (available for FREE on iTunes!) Read more

A Community of Simple Living [Economics of Church and Seminary #2]

It is not so much a vow of poverty that clergy ought to take, as much as it is a vow to continually be on a journey to live simply. Second, it is not only clergy who ought to be on this journey, but all those who profess faith in Christ. Read more

On Making Tents [Economics of Church and Seminary #1]

I am convinced that together we can not only make tents, but that we can join in the very mission of God in each of our communities. We can join the one who took on a tent of flesh, and make God’s presence known among our neighbors. Read more

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