December 1, 2020

“Slow Church” Article & Book Excerpt

slow church bookChris Smith and friends are hosting the Slow Church Conference here in Indy this week, and I know at least one faithful Internet Monk reader who will be attending. I hope to catch up with David, author of yesterday’s post, for some conversation on Saturday. At any rate, Chris’s book will be coming out this summer, but it’s getting some good buzz already.

First, an article at RNS and the Washington Post discussed it. The piece discusses how the authors are worried about the “McDonaldization” of the church, noting that: “Instead, Smith and Pattison advocate for “slow church” — an approach to ministry that stresses local context and creativity over pre-packaged programs.” Good read.

Second, IVP has just released a free online sampler with two chapters from the book, including the introduction.

While you’re participating in today’s Internet Monk Open Forum (below), you might want to take a break to read or download this sample and get a taste of what slow church all about.


  1. The link to the sampler is:

  2. David Cornwell says

    Very anxious to meet and interact with the people at this conference. This is the first conference of any type that I have elected to attend in many years. One of the speakers that I have grown to respect is David Fitch, who writes and teaches about the death of Christendom, ecclesiology, interpretation, and other issues. He is a member of the C&MA, teaches at Northern Seminary Chicago, and is founding pastor of Life on the Vine Christian Community- a missional church in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago.

    He is just one of the contributors, but one I have read the most.

    Also anxious to meet and talk with Mike.

    • David, We’re looking forward to having you here! ~Chris Smith

    • Headless Unicorn Guy says

      Make sure you give us an after-action report.
      Maybe one or more IMonk postings as a guest blogger?

    • Northern Seminary wasn’t on my radar scope until fellow Covenanter Scot McKnight went there from North Park. I am really liking the good things I hear about – and from – Northern.

  3. Headless Unicorn Guy says

    Funny anecdote about the book cover:

    The design with the BIG circular title in the middle is proportioned about the same as a 1940s Lucky Strike cigarette pack design.