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A Church Dismantled--A Kingdom Restored

Conrad L. Kanagy

For more information and resources go to www.achurchdismantled.com.In May of 2020, in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic, I wrote what I have called for years my “Weekly Email” to the congregation where my wife Heidi and I have served in a ministry role for nearly fifteen years. My email that week was “Why the church cannot be reopened,” and addressed the ongoing calls for reopening local congregations along with retail stores, restaurants, gyms, and so on. That little piece caught the attention of folks who passed it on to others and so on. I posted it on Facebook and received the same positive reaction. This began a series of blog-like postings that immediately attracted an audience on Facebook along with dialogue with readers who resonated the essays. As a result, I decided to try a podcast. The primary theme, from the beginning, was based upon research that I had conducted in 2006-07 when I carried out a survey of members of Mennonite Church USA, with the results reported in a book entitled Road Signs for the Journey: A Profile of Mennonite Church USA (Herald Press, 2007). One of the questions that I began to raise during that time was: “Is God's Spirit dismantling the church because we have so failed God's mission?” Prophetic or not, the idea I posited fifteen years ago of a dismantled church has only gained traction since I first posed it. The response to the podcast has been quite unexpected, beginning as I did with such little sense of what I was launching at the time. More than 27,000 episodes have been downloaded in 61 countries and nearly 1,100 cities. I recently created a website where I post the podcast episodes as a blog and you can find the website at www.achurchdismantled.com. The mission of the podcast is to understand more clearly "what God is up to in the world, the church, my life and your life." The podcast seems to particularly resonate with what I call the diaspora of the church--those on the run from the church, those who feel alienated in the church, and those who are marginalized by the church. And as research shows, this group is growing rapidly in the U.S. The podcast has represented for me the intersection and integration of various areas of my professional and personal life that had been disparate entities in the past. It has allowed me to draw upon nearly three decades of teaching sociology, thirty-five years of sociological research, fifteen years of church and denominational consulting, twenty years of ministry, my childhood and coming of age in a conservative Mennonite/Amish community, and my diagnosis three years ago of Parkinson’s Disease. In many ways, the writing of these seemed to emerge as a Pentecost like experience where for nearly every morning for three weeks as I met with the Lord, a new word emerged. And that experience has in many ways continued to the present. Thank you for listening and reaching out with your own thoughts. I can be reached at [email protected] Conrad L. Kanagy, Ph.D.

Recent Episodes

When Night Falls: "Do the heavens hear? Do the heavens care?"March 05, 2021 Episode artwork When Night Falls: "Those who refuse the Bread are so easy to spot."March 04, 2021 Episode artwork When Night Falls: "The Prophet who divided then--and divides still."March 03, 2021 Episode artwork When Night Falls: "Hometown prophets know too damn much about us"March 02, 2021 Episode artwork When Night Falls: "The problem with prophets--the problem with Jesus"March 01, 2021 Episode artwork When Night Falls: "When what appears as darkness is just hiding the light behind it"February 26, 2021 Episode artwork When Night Falls: "Your shadows--my shadows"February 25, 2021 Episode artwork When Night Falls: "The darkness bites back--but that Shadow is the Almighty's!"February 24, 2021 Episode artwork When Night Falls: "Thank you Peter Marshall--I need that Light again today"February 23, 2021 Episode artwork When Night Falls: "A letter to my 18 year old self--there will always be enough Light"February 22, 2021 Episode artwork When Night Falls: "I'd rather have Jesus than anything--even in the shadows or as a mirage.February 19, 2021 Episode artwork When Night Falls: When the resurrection doesn't undo the darknessFebruary 18, 2021 Episode artwork When Night Falls: It all begins with acknowledging the darknessFebruary 17, 2021 Episode artwork The McDonaldization of A Dismantled ChurchFebruary 15, 2021 Episode artwork Dear Dismantled Church, please do not go back to the managersFebruary 13, 2021 Episode artwork A Church that Covid created--and that's not going back! An interview with Caleb Kaye of Revive FaithFebruary 11, 2021 Episode artwork More on the “limen,” Parkinson’s, and that River aheadFebruary 10, 2021 Episode artwork The church got its limen--will it make limenade?February 08, 2021 Episode artwork The temple as idol--the church in fast pursuit...to the same end?February 04, 2021 Episode artwork Can the church's and the Kingdom's cultural maps converge?February 04, 2021 Episode artwork Another lesson from my students--frozen cultures and dying cohorts"February 03, 2021 Episode artwork Some lessons from my students for a Dismantled ChurchFebruary 01, 2021 Episode artwork Parkinson's, a pandemic and protests--hearing from my studentsFebruary 01, 2021 Episode artwork Road Signs Revisited and the "Church Dismantled" thesisJanuary 25, 2021 Episode artwork Preacher Amanda Gorman...a life preserver..."no offense Paul"January 22, 2021 Episode artwork