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.

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Chris is the Assistant Professor of Evangelism and Missional Christianity at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. He is also a pastor’s husband and practitioner who, along with his wife and family, is in the early stages of forming a neighborhood church expression. His research on “New Churches in the None Zone” will be published in the near future, but you can stay connected with his work at chrisbjames.com or by following him on Twitter.
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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.

Parish church expressions are emerging in neighborhoods everywhere. Whatever they are called - neighborhood church plants, missional communities, neomonastic communities, faith-based social enterprises - these diverse expressions seem to exhibit five common signs as they join God’s renewal in their particular places. In this five part series, I explore the Five Signs of the Parish Movement
  • 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.

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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.

Sean is part of the neighborhood faith community "formerly known as Communality" in the Martin Luther King neighborhood in the east end of Lexington, Kentucky. He is the author of The Story of God, the Story of Us and TEN: Words of Life for an Addicted, Compulsive, Cynical, Divided and Worn-out Culture. He is an avid fan of the Norwich City Canaries.
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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.

DeAmon Harges, the original “Roving Listener” at Broadway United Methodist Church, is the founder of The Learning Tree, a community organization that practices asset-based community development, “making the invisible visible by celebrating and gathering people in ways that build community, economy, and mutual delight.”
Rev. Michael Mather is pastor of Broadway United Methodist Church in Indianapolis.
Support the Cultivating Joy Initiative of The Learning Tree here
Watch DeAmon’s TedXIndianapolis talk.

 

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