Dr. Christopher B. James joins me to talk about his research on church planting in Seattle, including the unique dynamics of the so-called “None Zone,” the four expressions of church that his extensive research identified (Great Commission Team, Household of the Spirit, New Community, and Neighborhood Incarnation), and the gifts and liabilities of neighborhood expressions of the church.
In this episode, I discuss the second of the Five Signs of the Parish Movement, “Inhabiting Our Place,” by talking about the President of China, the former "Pearl Button Capital of the World," and stories from Genesis and Jeremiah.
- Centering on Christ
- Inhabiting the Parish
- Gathering to Remember
- Collaborating for God’s Renewal
- Linking Across Parishes
Inhabiting Our Parish: Rooting our lives in our neighborhood, we seek to join God’s renewal in, with, and for our place. Rather than trying to be all things to all people, we are learning to accept our limitations as a gift from God, live with intentionality, be known by our actual neighbors and tangibly love those around us. We seek to participate in God’s renewal by listening to, serving, and caring for the land and the people where we live, work and play.
Sean Gladding joins me to discuss his fresh perspectives on the Bible and the Ten Commandments, and talk about how neighborhood churches can adapt through action and reflection, ‘receive’ instead of ‘build’ the Kingdom of God, remember neighborhood stories, and send out community members well.
DeAmon “The Roving Listener” Harges and Rev. Michael Mather join me to share their friendship with us, tell some incredible stories from the Mapleton Fall Creek neighborhood of Indianapolis, and teach us how to listen to neighbors and ask questions that lead to dignity, discovery, and abundance.