The global body charged with discipleship resourcing in the United Methodist Church recently announced a yearly award for churches that increase their professing membership. Is that what we should be focusing on?
As the United States and Europe plan for fewer cars in their cities and increased renewable energy infrastructure, how can the church adapt?
Some reflection on the theory of shopping malls and how they relate to the future of “one stop shop for Jesus” megachurches.
Reflections on being in the most unchurched segment of the country and how Scripture guides us to see the None Zone as an opportunity, not a lost cause that we cast off into the sea.
Three celebrity pastors have been pushing back from (or in one case, being cast out of) the limelight. And they have led to some interesting transformations in their local contexts that inform non-celebrity churches too.
Does it take young people to reach young people? Does age matter when it comes to church plants?
A guy made a Sim City city with over 100 million people in it. If the games we play are about bigger and better cities, then why do we think of or care for churches in rural contexts?
Three tired arguments about Progressive Methodists are brought to the light along with an encouragement to Progressives of how to change the online conversation game.
A strong Temple (megachurch) supports a network of Tents (smaller churches), adapts their creative achievements, and scales them up to effective witnesses to Christ in their context. But will they?
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 […]