new church developments
My travels have allowed me to look at new church movements from the view of a seminary, practitioners, and denominational leadership.
Every year, Unco is a good gauge to find out what’s exciting and difficult about being an innovative church leader. Here are ten things that I gleaned from our recent gathering.
Unco is short for Unconference. It’s specifically designed for discussions on the future of the church. It’s a percolator for new ministries and ideas, usually within mainline contexts.
If you're a regular reader of this blog, you know that we talk a lot about the future of the church--how we need to move into a time of innovation as well as transformation. Dennis Sanders recently reflected on this post, and I asked him if I could put his comments here.
Why are we losing congregations? There are many factors. If I’m painting with a broad brush, I’d say that it is because we are largely rural, white and older. What can we do to ensure a vital future? Focus on urban church planting.
We hear stories of systemic discrimination on a constant basis. What are we going to do about it?
As we wander through this desert, where’s the milk and honey? What is God calling us to do, and who is God calling us to be?
I’m in a lot of conversations about why the denominational church isn’t working. But what about the communities that are ministering well? What about new communities?