Chris Smith and friends are hosting the Slow Church Conference here in Indy this week, and I know at least one faithful Internet Monk reader who will be attending. I hope to catch up with David, author of yesterday’s post, for some conversation on Saturday. At any rate, Chris’s book will be coming out this summer, but it’s getting some good buzz already.
First, an article at RNS and the Washington Post discussed it. The piece discusses how the authors are worried about the “McDonaldization” of the church, noting that: “Instead, Smith and Pattison advocate for “slow church” — an approach to ministry that stresses local context and creativity over pre-packaged programs.” Good read.
Second, IVP has just released a free online sampler with two chapters from the book, including the introduction.
While you’re participating in today’s Internet Monk Open Forum (below), you might want to take a break to read or download this sample and get a taste of what slow church all about.