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Curious 1: What are the possibilities?

March 16, 2020 Bill Millar Episode 1
Open Out
Curious 1: What are the possibilities?
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Open Out
Curious 1: What are the possibilities?
Mar 16, 2020 Episode 1
Bill Millar

This first series of Open Out podcasts, called "Curious" begins to explore that the possibilities are for faith communities who want to be intentionally open to welcoming folk who are somehow different - often those with different cultural backgrounds, including those who are new Canadians. We move from there to look at why a faith community might want to do that - and this means looking at the changes in both our country, and in our churches. Our country is experiencing a dramatic shift in its growth pattern - we are now growing mostly through immigration, and most of our immigrants are non-white &  non-European. Our churches too are experiencing a dramatic shift in their growth pattern - but for many this has meant shrinking.

Rather than lamenting the declining attendance in our churches as a bad/sad thing, what if we see it as a Divine invitation to a radical new hope, a re-conceptualization of church in Canada. In these podcasts, Bill Millar, an intercultural ministry researcher & trainer, presents specific info on demographic changes and projections in the Canadian population, as well as patterns of church decline, and then explore strategies to lift churches out of shock and discouragement – helping them mobilize hope by opening their faith communities to more diverse populations!

This episode, "What are the possibilities" looks at just that - what are the possibilities for faith communities who want to "open out" in new ways? We look at the story of one faith community that made such a change, and look at the difference between being simply "diverse" and being "intercultural" - becoming intercultural means opening the very heart of our communities to those who are new, those who bring the insights, vision, passion and resilience that has grown out of their experience of "coming from away"

On openout.ca you can download some material from this episode.

This episode was recorded before we felt the full impact of Covid-19

Support the show (http://www.openout.ca)

Show Notes

This first series of Open Out podcasts, called "Curious" begins to explore that the possibilities are for faith communities who want to be intentionally open to welcoming folk who are somehow different - often those with different cultural backgrounds, including those who are new Canadians. We move from there to look at why a faith community might want to do that - and this means looking at the changes in both our country, and in our churches. Our country is experiencing a dramatic shift in its growth pattern - we are now growing mostly through immigration, and most of our immigrants are non-white &  non-European. Our churches too are experiencing a dramatic shift in their growth pattern - but for many this has meant shrinking.

Rather than lamenting the declining attendance in our churches as a bad/sad thing, what if we see it as a Divine invitation to a radical new hope, a re-conceptualization of church in Canada. In these podcasts, Bill Millar, an intercultural ministry researcher & trainer, presents specific info on demographic changes and projections in the Canadian population, as well as patterns of church decline, and then explore strategies to lift churches out of shock and discouragement – helping them mobilize hope by opening their faith communities to more diverse populations!

This episode, "What are the possibilities" looks at just that - what are the possibilities for faith communities who want to "open out" in new ways? We look at the story of one faith community that made such a change, and look at the difference between being simply "diverse" and being "intercultural" - becoming intercultural means opening the very heart of our communities to those who are new, those who bring the insights, vision, passion and resilience that has grown out of their experience of "coming from away"

On openout.ca you can download some material from this episode.

This episode was recorded before we felt the full impact of Covid-19

Support the show (http://www.openout.ca)