Becoming Conversational #5 – Engage the Whole Church in Caring for the Church Property.

The Virtue of Dialogue - C. Christopher Smith

My ebook The Virtue of Dialogue: Conversation as a Hopeful Practice of Church Communities was released last week by Patheos Press, and in it, I argue that open conversation is essential for the health and flourishing of church communities and the places they inhabit.Over the next two weeks, I will be running a 10-part series that I am calling "Becoming Conversational" in which I offer suggestions for how churches might enrich the conversational life of their church communities. (Some of these ideas have been adapted from my earlier ebook, Growing Deeper in Our Church Communities, which is … [Read more...]

Becoming Conversational #4 – Engaging our Neighbors more Intentionally.

The Virtue of Dialogue - C. Christopher Smith

My ebook The Virtue of Dialogue: Conversation as a Hopeful Practice of Church Communities was released last week by Patheos Press, and in it, I argue that open conversation is essential for the health and flourishing of church communities and the places they inhabit.Over the next two weeks, I will be running a 10-part series that I am calling "Becoming Conversational" in which I offer suggestions for how churches might enrich the conversational life of their church communities. (Some of these ideas have been adapted from my earlier ebook, Growing Deeper in Our Church Communities, which is … [Read more...]

Becoming Conversational #3 – Engaging our Children and Youth in Conversation.

The Virtue of Dialogue - C. Christopher Smith

My ebook The Virtue of Dialogue: Conversation as a Hopeful Practice of Church Communities was released last week by Patheos Press, and in it, I argue that open conversation is essential for the health and flourishing of church communities and the places they inhabit.Over the next two weeks, I will be running a 10-part series that I am calling "Becoming Conversational" in which I offer suggestions for how churches might enrich the conversational life of their church communities. (Some of these ideas have been adapted from my earlier ebook, Growing Deeper in Our Church Communities, which is … [Read more...]

Becoming Conversational #2 – Leveraging the Skills of All Our Members.

The Virtue of Dialogue - C. Christopher Smith

My ebook The Virtue of Dialogue: Conversation as a Hopeful Practice of Church Communities was released last week by Patheos Press, and in it, I argue that open conversation is essential for the health and flourishing of church communities and the places they inhabit.Over the next two weeks, I will be running a 10-part series that I am calling "Becoming Conversational" in which I offer suggestions for how churches might enrich the conversational life of their church communities.  (Some of these ideas have been adapted from my earlier ebook, Growing Deeper in Our Church Communities, which … [Read more...]

[Daily Advent Reflection] Claiming a People and a Place.

Bethlehem

Claiming a People and a Place. Daily Advent Reflection. Craig Goodwin. John 7:40-52. Saturday, December 17, 2011Lo! How a rose e're blooming From tender stem hath sprung Of Jesse's lineage coming As those of old have sungIt came, a flowerth bright Amid the cold of winter When half-spent was the night- "Lo! How A Rose E'er Blooming"  Lo How A Rose E’er Blooming by Sufjan StevensThese daily Slow Church Advent Reflections are based on the Daily Readings of the Revised Common Lectionary (Year B). We love for you to read and reflect along w … [Read more...]

[Daily Advent Reflection] The Politics of Elijah

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The Politics of Elijah. Daily Advent Reflection. Chris Smith. I Kings 18:1-18. Monday, December 12, 2011 The child is born in the fullness of time Three wise astrologers take note of the signs Come to pay their respects to the fragile little king Get pretty close to wrecking everything 'Cause the governing body of the holy land Is that of Herod, a paranoid man Who when he hears there's a baby born King of the Jews Sends death squads to kill all male children under two But that same bright angel warns the parents in a dream And they head out for the border and get away … [Read more...]

[Daily Advent Reflection] Examining our Jewelry.

Jewelry

Examining our Jewelry. Daily Advent Reflection. Chris Smith. Psalm 126. Thursday, December 8, 2011Sold me a wealth of pleasure, it was a dime store full of pain. The stuff I thought was jewelry; it turns out to be chains. - Bill Mallonee / Vigilantes of Love "Losing it"Losin' It by Vigilantes of LoveThese daily Slow Church Advent Reflections are based on the Daily Readings of the Revised Common Lectionary (Year B). We love for you to read and reflect along with us! To keep up with this daily Advent series, follow SlowChurch.com on FACEBOOK or TWITTER. Last week, we … [Read more...]


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