It’s a bit late, but I’m happy to announce that The Christian Century has printed an article I wrote entitled “Holy Stuff” in their March 19, 2014 issue, which you can find here.
This article draws on a few stories from my book “Toward the Better Country” about the way Christians mourn the loss of physical objects they identify with their life in a church that is closing.
I’m happy that the article offers my book a little exposure to people who may benefit from it as they struggle with leadership in declining churches. The Christian Century is read and respected by many of my colleagues, and the article is helping to get the word out.
But I’m finding that marketing the book is a challenge for me personally. People want a short answer: “What’s your book about?” and I’m tempted to say “It’s about church closure”. The Christian Century article would certainly make it seem that way.
But the book is about more than closure. It’s about the grief, disorientation and powerlessness many of us are feeling as we watch our churches shrink. It’s about identifying what is really important in your ministry and putting aside everything else that gets in the way of that most vital mission. It’s about the creativity and collaboration–with God and neighbor–that is allowing some churches to do ministry in new, more vital and sustainable ways.
Why can’t I seem to get that into an elevator speech?
If you have read or even skimmed my book, and want to help me with my elevator speech, please post a suggestion below, I could use your help!