I had an interesting visit with Sean Benesh, an incoming Ph.D student, about changes in contemporary Christian religious ministry. Sean has a doctorate in divinity and is a church planter (as I understand that, it is someone who starts new churches and serves as a consultant to help others do so.) Sean also teaches a course at a local seminary and I learned that Brew to Bikes: Portland’s Artisan Economy is one of the required texts in his course. Apparently, there is a movement toward creating small neighborhood artisan churches that focus on concerns of urban neighborhoods and share many of the values of sustainable economies described in the book. This is a significant shift away from the suburban mega-churches of the past. At a recent conference in Seattle, Sean led a breakout session on The Walkable Church. To learn more about this movement, check out The Parish Collective.