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Five Vital Practices for the Church of the Future

What sci-fi films can teach us about where to look for the church

A few years ago at a big church growth conference, missiologist and author, Alan Hirsch, posed the question:

“How come churches never feature in sci-fi movies?”

I’m not sure how he answered the question — I only saw the Tweet — but, as a fan of science fiction films, it made me think twice. Yes, that is a great question! Where is the church in Minority Report, Ender’s Game, and even […]

By |2017-01-26T08:43:18-07:00August 8th, 2016|Blog, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Five Vital Practices for the Church of the Future

What Walking 30 Neighborhoods Taught Me About Being the Church

A Sunday afternoon stroll through Clear Lake, Iowa with the Coleman family.

All good things must come to an end… My family’s #NeighborhoodsForDays Odyssey (which I announced in late June) — learning from 30 neighborhoods in 30 days — ended yesterday when we arrived safely back home in Seattle. But the stories and experiences will stay with us — it was an inspiring gift to visit numerous neighborhood groups on this trip and also have the time to reflect on parish faith […]

By |2017-11-05T19:12:57-07:00July 25th, 2016|Blog, Uncategorized|Comments Off on What Walking 30 Neighborhoods Taught Me About Being the Church

The #NeighborhoodsForDays Odyssey

Hey Friends,

This is Ben Katt of the RePlacing Church Podcast where we explore spirituality, community, and social change to help people imagine, create, and lead neighborhood expressions of church.

I want to announce something I’m doing this summer called #neighborhoodsfordays! (You can listen here)

On Sunday June 26, my family and I will begin a cross-country odyssey all the way from Seattle, WA to Milwaukee, WI in our 2004 baby blue Honda Odyssey (she’s […]

By |2018-06-25T07:11:28-07:00June 22nd, 2016|Blog, Uncategorized|Comments Off on The #NeighborhoodsForDays Odyssey

Why Churches Should Celebrate Declining Numbers

Rev. Michael Mather & DeAmon “The Roving Listener” Harges

(Click here to jump right to Episode 26 of the RePLACING CHURCH Podcast with DeAmon Harges and Mike Mather)

At over 3000 members, Broadway United Methodist Church was the largest church in the state of Indiana.

More than 250 kids showed up each year for the church’s thriving summer camp in the Indianapolis neighborhood of Mapleton Fall Creek.

Then, within a short span of nine months, 9 men under […]

By |2018-06-25T07:39:29-07:00June 9th, 2016|Blog, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Why Churches Should Celebrate Declining Numbers

Lessons from a Legacy of Community Development: A Conversation with Reesheda Graham-Washington

(To jump right to Episode 22 of the RePLACING CHURCH Podcast with Reesheda Graham-Washington, visit iTunes, Google Play or Podbean!)

Is there anything of which one can say,
“Look! This is something new”?
It was here already, long ago;
it was here before our time.

These lines appear in an ancient poem that opens the biblical book of Ecclesiastes, but they might as well serve as a preface for […]

By |2017-01-26T08:40:36-07:00May 16th, 2016|Blog, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Lessons from a Legacy of Community Development: A Conversation with Reesheda Graham-Washington

The Myth of the Limitless Pastor: A Conversation with Mandy Smith

(To jump right to the RePLACING CHURCH Podcast conversation with Mandy Smith, visit iTunes or Podbean!)

In the 2011 film Limitless (which has since become a CBS show), author Eddie Mora (Bradley Cooper) has a bad case of writer’s block. So money is tight and his girlfriend dumps him. Eddie’s struggle is, in fact, against flesh and blood — against his own humanity and its limitations

But then he swallows the pill… NZT-48, to […]

By |2017-01-26T08:40:36-07:00May 9th, 2016|Blog, Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Myth of the Limitless Pastor: A Conversation with Mandy Smith

From Tactics & Techniques to the Table: A Conversation with Alan Roxburgh

Alan Roxburgh has spent over 30 years in church leadership as a pastor, teacher, writer and consultant. He leads The Missional Network, an organization that consults denominations, congregations and seminaries around the world in the areas of leadership, systems and change. He has written numerous books, including most recently, Joining God, Remaking Church, Changing the World: The New Shape of the Church in Our Time.

Alan recently joined me on the

By |2017-01-26T08:40:36-07:00May 2nd, 2016|Blog, Uncategorized|Comments Off on From Tactics & Techniques to the Table: A Conversation with Alan Roxburgh

Shane Claiborne Still Does the Dishes

(To jump right to the RePLACING CHURCH Podcast conversation with Shane Claiborne, visit iTunes or Podbean!)

In his classic book, The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical, Shane Claiborne, reflecting on the vast difference between visions of community and social change, and the actual work and practices that these things entail, shares a quote that he came across in a community he once visited:

“Everybody wants a revolution, but nobody wants […]

By |2017-01-26T08:40:36-07:00April 24th, 2016|Blog, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Shane Claiborne Still Does the Dishes

3 Practices for Earth Day Rookies & Their Churches

“What are you doing in your neighborhood for Earth Day?” my friend, who is the Executive Director of a nonprofit focused on contemplative activism, asked the group of church leaders.

Once again I was reminded that I’m not very good at facilitating group observance of these types of days, much less finding ways to participate myself!

Do I go to a rally?

Do I retweet a thoughtful article?

Or maybe just share that really cool meme?

Yeah, share the meme…

Notice […]

By |2017-01-26T08:40:36-07:00April 22nd, 2016|Blog, Uncategorized|Comments Off on 3 Practices for Earth Day Rookies & Their Churches