Seventh in a series of reflections on Fresh Expressions of church, the Florida Conference and United Methodism, and our relation to the “Nones,” “Dones” and the “Spiritual but Not Religious.”
In research that is now almost 20 years old, a sobering picture of church involvement in U. K. caught the attention of leaders in the Church of England. The following groups were identified: Regular Attenders: 10% Less-Regular Attenders: 10% Non-Churched: 40% Open De-Churched: 20% Clo
Sixth in a series of reflections on Fresh Expressions, the Florida Conference and United Methodism, and our relation to the “Nones,” the “Dones” and the “Spiritual but Not Religious.”
One of the key insights in the Fresh Expressions movement is the emergence of the power of networks in the western world at the beginning of the 21st century. As the team writes in Mission Shaped Church, “networks have not replaced neighborhoods, but they change them” (5); and, at the same tim
Fifth in a series of reflections on the Fresh Expressions movement in the Florida Conference and in United Methodism, and its relation to the “Nones,” the “Dones” and the “Spiritual but not Religious.”
In the next reflection I will offer some of the theory that explains the changing contexts of community in our culture. But I wanted to preface that with a personal note, one that gives a glimpse of how and why the shift is happening.
I have recently concluded a couple of