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. A must-read for anybody who is designing Christian ministry for the new world that is rapidly emerging around us.
No one is more in touch with and participating in the Spirit-breathed emergence of new forms of church than Beth Estock and Paul Nixon. Here is a book I will use not only in my seminary classes on evangelism and church planting, but in the church at large as I encourage pastors and lay leaders who are being called to launch weird churches in their own contexts. — Elaine A. Heath, McCreless Professor of Evangelism at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, and leader and co-founder of The Missional Wisdom Foundation
A bold book with a big heart, Weird Church is a refreshing, cerebral look at how the Church, often touted as a dying institution, must change along with the changing world. Weaving together theology and psychology in conversational and compelling ways, Estock and Nixon offer a hopeful look into the future of the Church, as well as a challenge to the status quo. Add this one to your conversations about future church; you don’t want to miss it. —Rev. Dr. Amy Butler, Senior Minister, The Riverside Church, NYC
Clearly the co-authors have meshed their insights and experiences from both sacred and secular perspectives to write a truly integral understanding of the challenges that confront humanity in the 21st Century across many different cultures. Their understanding of the unique contributions of the historic work of Professor Clare W. Graves, as reflected in the Spiral Dynamics adaptation, will serve to enrich individual and societal capacities to cope with the daunting challenges of our age. Their well-sculptured language, along with practical encouragement, will enable both the veteran minds and newly awakened spirits to probe into the complexities of Christianity and modern and cutting-edge scholarship. They have woven together a highly readable book full of powerful and rich messages for readers today and far into the future. Welcome to the launch of a new Great Awakening, one that integrates our many worlds. — Don Edward Beck, PhD, co-author, Spiral Dynamics: Mastering Values, Leadership, and Change
Weird Church describes the massive shifts in culture that have impacted the church. It also provides a helpful common language for the different worldviews that exist in the institutional church today that might prevent further blaming of each other. Finally, it gives examples of the richness of diversity in healthy, relevant faith communities. —Bishop Sally Dyck, Northern Illinois Annual Conference, The United Methodist Church