Artisan churches

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. 

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