A Tale of Two Churches under One Metric

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Note: This is a rewritten version of this post from a year ago. We’ve long been suspicious of church metrics and of the increased reliance on quantitative measurement in the UMC here at HackingChristianity. As the supervisory distance increases due to fewer district superintendents and larger districts, the church leadership is by necessity choosing to […]

The #UMC in the False Proxy Trap

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No Church Left BehindMy friend Rob Rynders (clergyperson in Phoenix, AZ) pointed me towards the following short essay by author and blogger Seth Godin (author of Tribes which is popular in some church circles). I’m going to post the biggest part of it to spark discussion. Godin writes: Sometimes, we can’t measure what we need, so we invent […]

RE: A Growing Church is a Dying Church?

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Why We need Tradition in the Wesleyan ChurchI realize that people become more conservative and institutional as they get older and more part of an institution. So it is hopefully not out of that place that this blogger, who led the conversation about the Call To Action and continuing critiques of church metrics, says the […]

Church Growth Barbie

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This old one is making the rounds again. And as my friend Chett said on Facebook “In every joke, there’s a little reality.” “Biblical Instructions Not Necessary To Build” hahahaha (h/t Sacred Sandwich)

The Temptation of Church Analytics: Who Can Resist?

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From Saddleback Sam to Target StatisticiansThere was a fascinating article a few weeks back about the statistical research methods of Target. Essentially they analyze consumer buying habits to the minute detail so that they can almost predict when a person is going through a life transition (the article talks about the retailer making educated guesses at […]

Stop Being a Frozen up or Burned up Church

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#racialjustice and MLK Jr.I’m trying out a new year’s resolution: listen to a recorded sermon on Sundays so I get the same attempt at spiritual inspiration that my congregation gets with me in the pulpit. My pick this week was MLK Jr.’s sermon “A Knock At Midnight” (mp3link) given in 1957. While listening and puttering around, […]

The Gutenberg and the Google World

Generational Clash in the ChurchFrom my day with Leonard Sweet that I blogged about last week, one of his base concepts is that the language of the church is changing. He calls the shift the most important since Gutenberg created the printing press and that indeed the times we are in require a shift in […]