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“Weird Church: Welcome to the 21st Century” Book Party
February 20, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Vancouver First United Methodist Church is hosting a Book Party on Saturday, February 20th featuring Beth Estock and Paul Nixon, the authors of Weird Church: Welcome to the 21st Century.
Join the authors, Beth Estock and Paul Nixon, along with some local innovative church practitioners for a lively conversation about the future of faith in the United States. Whether you are highly invested in organized church or you have developed allergies to such places – you will discover Weird Church to be a book that confirms much of what you’ve been quietly thinking and likely articulates some things that you have not yet fully figured out. We guarantee that regardless of your opinions and experiences, you will find your ideas welcome at this event. We hope you invite others who might be interested as well.
Books will be available for purchase and author signing. No book purchase is required or expected of book party participants.
About the Book
In the post-Christendom era, the institutional church just isn’t what it used to be. But don’t give up hope for the future of faith. Weird Church offers church leaders a clear vision of what’s coming next, so long as they’re willing to live into a few critical shifts. Utilizing Spiral Dynamics as a means of framing the current changes in North American culture, Nixon and Estock give a thrilling forecast of where the church is going as we race toward the mid-century.
This book is a wake-up call for those who still think church revitalization is simply a matter of doing better the things that used to come so easily. This book is a must-read for anybody who is designing Christian ministry for the new world that is rapidly emerging around us.
About the Authors
Paul Nixon is President/CEO of The Epicenter Group. He and his Epicenter colleagues have coached or consulted with more than 1,000 churches in North America and Europe. A bestselling author of The Pilgrim Press, he wrote the bestseller I Refuse to Lead a Dying Church!, and We Refused to Lead a Dying Church: Churches that Came Back Against All Odds, and Finding Jesus on the Metro: And Other Surprises Doing Ministry in a New Day. Since 2009, Nixon has served as a strategist with the Path 1 team of The United Methodist Church, focused on new church development in the Northeast USA. He lives in Washington DC.
Beth Ann Estock coaches weird churches all over the United States. She grew up in the Midwest, began her pastoral work in the Bible Belt, and then moved to the Pacific Northwest two decades ago. She is an ordained pastor in The United Methodist Church, a contemplative, cultural architect, and futurist. She and her husband, Jeff, and two daughters live in Portland, Oregon. She blogs at www.sacreddirt.com.