FEAT. MATTHEW SUTTON + TODD HUNTER | APRIL 6/7 . SEATTLE
UPDATE: This event is now free, thanks to the kindness of visionary sponsors!
This didn’t happen over night — this end-of-days-inspired vibe that's shared by everyone from the most out-and-proud Evangelical culture warriors to Christian Fundamentalists for whom isolation is the first and final line of defense. It’s an American story 150 years in the telling.
Matthew Avery Sutton, history professor at Washington State University and author of American Apocalypse: A History of Modern Evangelicalism is a bona fide expert on these American Christian phenomena and the implications they raise for contemporary ministry — inside and outside church institutions.
April 6 + 7 Matthew Sutton joins Todd Hunter, Jim Henderson, and other Hack the Ministry thinkers and practitioners for a deep dive into how we got here and where we might go in the near future.
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.
Hack the Ministry | Day 01
Hacking culture takes the world as it is...
...and bends what is to accomplish other things, more things, and new things that need doing. Sometimes, hackers just figure out how do the same things better.
We know people who HACK the MINISTRY because the world is turning and people are learning to love God and serve others where they are, not where they’re supposed to be (whatever that means).
October 12, 2017, we gathered for the first time in Seattle to learn from folks who are hacking the ministry — some of them have been at it for decades, both inside and outside what we think of as the ministry.
In 12 hours — 10 am to 10 pm:
• We heard short, provocative talks from some of the best ministry hackers we know.
• We took time to ask questions — and push back (graciously) when we couldn't make sense of the answers.
• We laughed together, ate together, and traded ministry hacks and contact info with folks ahead of us, behind us, and right where we are.
• Together, we created a space where all of us were welcome to be who we are — introvert or extravert; internal or external processor; linear or lateral thinker; scholar, seeker, mystic, doubter … anything but a bully, know-it-all, or steam roller.
That was Day 01….
When I said yes to Jesus I didn't realize I was also saying yes to the church, the bible and Christianity.
REDEEMING the “M” Word
Almost 50 years ago I said yes to Jesus. I didn’t realize I was also saying yes to the church, the bible and Christianity. If you were raised in church you might find that incongruous, but that’s because you were raised in Christian culture. I wasn’t.
HACKING MINISTRY IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
Wine Cellar courtesy of Petr Novák, Wikipedia