Reflection

Cafeteria church

date OCTOBER 10
date Andy White ( UK)

An acquaintance of mine often referred to a ‘Cafeteria’ approach to church. He considered this to be an attitude that ‘spiritual consumers’ adopt to church life, picking and choosing elements with which to engage, as if from a menu. He used the term disparagingly but, thinking about it, I wonder if there may be something to be said for a ‘cafeteria’ style of doing church. As I see it, churches run on formulas, and a presumption of these formulas is that one size fits all. But one size does not fit all. In fact, one size fits only a few.…

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Emerging chuch for an emerging culture

date OCTOBER 10
date Ian Mobsby (UK)

Given the assumption that we accept the validity of liquid modernity or postmodernity, then we need to face quite a challenge. Whatdoes it mean to be 'church' in such a brave new world defined by consumptionand individualism? How do we build connections between Christians in someform of relationship and what does church look, taste and smell like in a newcontext? To start with, I want to express my enthusiasm about change. Wehuman beings do not generally like change. However, I sense greatopportunities for us to be creative and inventive, to try and correct some of theinstitutional control and abuse of…

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Neomarketing

date OCTOBER 10
date Chris Taylor (UK)

It's not every day we have the chance to get involved in something truly world-shattering, ground-breaking and amazing. I for one haven't discovered the cure for a deadly disease recently, or solved the worlds environmental problems. But there is something I do every day that is just as incredible and note-worthy, and it's ... Marketing. Not what you were expecting, eh? Well, before you turn off and go back to your lives, I'll explain what I mean. When I'm writing in my blog, or speaking with friends, or doing my job, I'm marketing. When I'm thanking the checkout person, or…

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