Tim Soerens joins me to share the story of how he became captivated by this whole neighborhood church thing, and to talk about churches joining God in the neighborhood, the relationship between movements and institutions, neighborhood economics, and golfing with duct tape golf balls. Tim is co-author of The New Parish, co-founding director of the Parish Collective, and curates the Inhabit Conference, the New Parish Conference (UK), the Conspire Gathering, SOCAP, and Neighborhood Economics.

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Inhabit Conference. Seattle, WA. April 15-16.
Conspire Gathering. Cincinnati, OH. May 3-5.
The Lean Startup by Eric Ries
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The church is integrating... People everywhere are waking up to the presence and activity of God in all aspects of their lives: in the places they live, work, and play. In this episode, the third of a four part series on the idea of RePlacing church, I talk about adjectival modifiers, Bowe Bergdahl, and Jacob’s ladder as I explore how this integration is impacting conventional and institutional church, inspired by Jesus the Integrator, and expressing itself in neighborhoods, workplaces, and third places.

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“The Innovating Church” (RePlacing Church, 2 of 4)
“The Scattering Church” (RePlacing Church, 1 of 4)
The New Parish by Paul Sparks, Tim Soerens, and Dwight Friesen
"How We Gather" by Angie Thurston and Casper ter Kuile
Joining God, Remaking Church, Changing the World by Alan Roxburgh

In this mini-episode, I take a stab at answering my first question: Ben, you talk about new expressions of church and innovation, but don’t you think that there is still a place for more traditional churches? Or are you saying they have the same fate as Blockbuster video? 

*For the context of this question, check out episodes 7 & 8 (episode 8 explains the strange Blockbuster Video reference).
*Warning: I reference a movie you just might have rented from Blockbuster in the late 90's.
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-Email me at ben@replacingchurch.org

A neighborhood disaster and the loss of loved ones have me in a season of grief. Whether you are in a season of grief at the moment or not, check out this episode in which I reflect on why it is so critical for us to welcome grief in our lives and communities, share stories from my neighborhood church's encounters with grief, and introduce four practices that help church plants and neighborhood faith communities become places that welcome grief.

Lament for a Son by Nicholas Wolterstorff
Innovation seems to be happening in every industry as game changers like Uber and Airbnb and Rover (look it up) continue to emerge. But what about innovation in the church? In this episode, the second of a four part series on the idea of rePlacing Church, I get nostalgic about Blockbuster video and explore what the interplay between institution, innovation, and incarnation means for the future of the church.
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Incarnate by Michael Frost
Joining God, Remaking Church, Changing the World by Alan Roxburgh
Anything by Annie Dilliard
It's no secret that conventional, institutional forms of church are in decline. But at the same time, innovative, yet simple neighborhood church expressions are emerging everywhere. In this episode, the first of a four part series on the idea of rePlacing Church, I explore what the story of the Tower of Babel has to teach us about these simultaneously existing realities and give some encouragement to those who are boldly following the Spirit's leading to join God's activity of renewing of all things in their particular neighborhoods.