A Hack the Ministry Pop-Up at Ballard Homestead . Seattle
American evangelicalism and fundamentalism are marked by a certain vibe and voice. This doesn't come out of the blue. It arose from of a shared apocalyptic worldview forged more than a century ago. This "end times" worldview has shaped most aspects of the modern church, including core issues of discipleship, civic engagement, and views on social justice.
Historian and author Matthew Avery Sutton (American Apocalypse: A History of Modern Evangelicalism) is an expert on these phenomenon and its implications for present day ministry, both within the church and outside the institution.
Bishop Todd Hunter has enjoyed a front seat at every major move of evangelicalism in the past 40 years, His shift from nondenominational movement leader to Anglican Bishop anticipates the direction many Christian young people are heading.
Hack the Ministry is an unruly collective of thoughtful practitioners from every generation, working to invent the future of ministry by hacking the best of what was with the best of what is.
This is a pop-up event because the opportunity came up unexpectedly for an informal gathering focused on the implications of a single historical/cultural thread — it's a specialty food truck, not a full-menu sit-down establishment.
Friday Afternoon 3p : How a conviction that the Second Coming of Christ was imminent shaped the trajectory of American religious life over the last one hundred years
Friday Evening 7p : How particular modes of reading the Bible led to a popular form of political conservatism that aligned with Republican Party politics
Saturday Morning 9a : How some Christians offered alternative theological readings of the scriptures that led to more diverse forms of social engagement
While admittedly a narrow category, apocalyptic teachings have had outsized influence on The American Church and wider culture. Can you say Left Behind?
Here’s your chance to get in the room with smart, attentive, hard-working people to talk about the future of the church based on the history of the church’s engagement with culture.
We’ll listen to Matthew Sutton, whose mapping of American History informs how we hack the ministry going forward.
We’ll listen to a cross section of thoughtful practitioners offering "Yes… and" responses in-the-moment.
We’ll listen to each other as we think out loud about how clues from the history of churchgoing Americans can shape our efforts to guide followers of Jesus into the future.
Find language for the key reasons you and your colleagues worry about the future of church culture
Track the century-long theological path to the Moral Majority's political activism
Identify the threads connecting evangelical approaches to ministry over the last 150 years
Assess ministry forms taken-for-granted, and consider what needs renovation for the future
Forge links with ministry hackers working to embody good news about the God who is with us
PAST IS PROLOGUE | AMERICAN JESUS + THE ONCE + FUTURE APOCALYPSE
A Hack the Ministry Pop-Up Feat. Dr. Matthew Avery Sutton + Bishop Todd Hunter
April 6/7, 2018 at Ballard Homestead . Seattle