Celebrate Interdependence Day 2014!

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7 Essential Books for Understanding Interdependence as Christians  I've recently read Fred Lehr's book on Clergy Burnout.  What's striking about this book is that he describes burnout not simply as function of unhealthy clergy, but as a codependent relationship between pastor(s) and laity. Congregations that expect their pastors to over-perform are often enabled to do less work than we have been called to do as members of Christ’s Body. Lehr also suggests that the journey from unhealthy congregations to healthy ones is marked by a shift in the clergy/laity relationship from co … [Read more...]

Slow Church and the Missional Movement

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[Note: This is the first in a series of posts about some of the best, and sometimes most frequent, questions Chris and I are fielding while we are on tour talking about the book. Our blog posts are only part of the discussion. More than anything, we'd like to hear how you would respond. We'll be checking the comments frequently!]Earlier this month I had the privilege to participate in a conversation at Warner Pacific College on the theme of “rethinking church”. The event, curated by Tony Kriz and Michelle Lang, was lively and engaging and just a blast. The other featured guests that night w … [Read more...]

Slow Church Conference Recordings (The Complete Set)

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Here are all the conference recordings from April's Slow Church Conference at Englewood Christian Church in Indianapolis. These talks are an important supplement to our book, bringing other, wiser voices into the Slow Church conversation. And for an even deeper look, we highly recommend the books that our speakers have written. (Titles and links can be found on the pages for each talk)Please listen, download and share these recordings as you see fit.Talk #1: Willie James Jennings (Duke Divnity School) “A Place of Redemption: Putting Church on the G … [Read more...]

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 ChurchErwin, 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 t … [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 am going … [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 CentralNorwood, 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 19 … [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 here.  We … [Read more...]


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