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Slow church movement counters McDonaldization of worship

Slow church movement counters McDonaldization of worship

There’s a quiet, gentle backlash underway against the mass production of spiritual experience, writes Bob Smietana for Religion News Service:

You can’t franchise the kingdom of God, say the authors of “Slow Church,” a new book from InterVarsity Press that applies the lessons of the slow food movement to congregational life.

C. Christopher Smith and John Pattison, the book’s authors, are part of a loose network of writers, friends, theologians and pastors worried about what they call the “McDonaldization” of church. They say too many small churches try to mass-produce spiritual growth by copying the latest megachurch techniques.

Instead, Smith and Pattison advocate for “slow church” — an approach to ministry that stresses local context and creativity over pre-packaged programs.

Are you familiar with the slow church movement?

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Jan Nunley+

Yeah, I created a Slow Church group on Anglimergent back in 2008, but it never went anywhere…no pun intended.

http://anglimergent.ning.com/group/slowchurch?xg_source=activity

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