Christianity, a shrinking faith

I’m sure we’re all aware that Christianity is a shrinking faith in the developed world but, given how successful some churches are, not everyone agrees that there is a shared problem. One of our key conversations at Urban Mystic is that of de-/re-constructing church.

Many believe that because some churches are growing that the problem is the way others churches are doing what they’re doing when doing church. So, if they improved their social media, adopted a better approach to worship, invested in better venue and equipment, rebranded, adopted the right programs and ministries, employed the right staff, etc. that they’d go from hobbling along to well-established. But that’s not really the case as most of their growth is transfer growth. Continue reading “Christianity, a shrinking faith”

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Why do I have this blog?

Having just rebooted my blog I have to pose the question, “Why do I have this blog?” Over the seasons my blogs mixed my personal and professional thinking with what’s interested and concerned me together with my hobbies and interests. In particular, this blog was reflective but created trajectories rather than went somewhere. This left the blog without coherence, which may have been ok except that it’s never sat right with me. Continue reading “Why do I have this blog?”

/Reboot

Rebooting a blog is always a challenging decision to arrive at. This is the second reboot of urbanmystic.blog. Most of what I’ve been posting has been sparked from work-in-progress projects and activities I’m engaging in and this has resulted in trajectories opened through blogging that I’m not going to get around to blogging through. I’d rather the blog exist with its own meaning and purpose that’s contributing to the work of Urban Mystic and the three key conversations we’re exploring – de-/re-constructing church, the problem of God, and cultivating spirituality.