In our last installment of Food For Thought, Spencer speaks on his experience helping faith leaders build common cause communities. This example centers on the work that he's done to help build a safe space for homeless teens to get care for their pets. By bringing together people, regardless of faith, they created a true church community and were able to do good and love thy neighbors.
I would say we want to be careful to not turn churches into simple rental space. Right. We can end up thinking about, oh, well, let's go ahead and have our traditional aid groups. And I'm not saying take those away or let's open up a preschool or let's do a co-working space where if we just do those things, then the minister and the church and the congregation really become landlords, not people who are speaking into the vision of their community. And I hope the church, whatever assets we have, are seen as wonderful investments into our local communities and beyond. So...
I spent much of this summer interviewing thought leaders about what is next for church and community, getting ready for The Next Sunday Summit. Throughout the Summit, I connected with participants, listened to their reactions, and we brainstormed about the future of church.
One thing I heard, loud and clear, is that we need better tools, training, and metrics to create and sustain community. Many leaders have gone the route of seminary and yet feel they need something more, something different to meet the needs of their community, their tribe, and their people to be relevant today and into the future.
We also agreed that while the new tools will not likely be another $50,000+ degree… they will cost something. As leaders, we will need to think about the value of innovative tools. What will be the return on our investment for the commitment of our time, our energy, our funds… and the commitment of our communities? Or perhaps a more important question...
Church is not the same as it once was, and not just because of the pandemic. In this vlog, Spencer talks about the different ways that the church has needed to change due to the pandemic and how we can see the change in our culture and times as a means for dreaming about a better and more fulfilling church experience for our community.
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Let's just say that potentially 50% of church goers are not going to return. That's a possibility. And we're just early in the stages to try to figure out a lot of this. But if that's true, then we've got to ask, what are the possibilities? What are some of the dreams that we could think about? Well, let's analyze why some people are not coming back. Earlier, we talked about the idea of people getting teachings in real time on their own schedule through podcasts and teaching and others. So people have found during almost two years of a pandemic, how to gather together in small groups, around tables, you...
Why did people need church over the last 500 years? There are so many reasons, it's hard to count, but the three top reasons people went to church were pretty simple:
1. Find a faith-aligned partner
2. Learn, be inspired and build new skills
3. Communicate and gather with your community
In today's world, all of these things primarily happen outside of the church-house. So, what is it that will organize us and draw people back into their faith communities?
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So why did people need church over the last 500 years? Well, if you think about it, there really was a sense of a one school room like you had the the the little square square, the town square. Right. And you had the civic building. You had the church or synagogue, you had the school and whatever. And it was the one room place where all needs were met, you know, and that was the organizing factor. That's how people did it. So what would happen? Well, people would...
As The "Next" Sunday Summit has come to a close, we want to continue the conversation with you and share some food for thought from our Director, Spencer Burke. In today's video, Spencer breaks down an example of how American Airlines has changed its company culture and initiatives to support its customers in today's world better.
Just like American Airlines, faith leaders from around the country are wondering, with all of the changes the world is going through, how do we inspire loyalty, continually develop our purpose, and support our communities in the best way possible?
"So the big question is, what happens when people don't come back to Sunday as the main organizing function? What happens when nobody flies with us on Sunday morning?"
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I use this metaphor to think about the "Next" Sunday.
I've flown American Airlines forever, and I'm a loyal customer. I have the little card, and for years what you've been able to do is use...
I will be sharing along with Meena Palaniappan - Founder of Atma Connect, Stephen Lewis - President of Forum of Theological Exploration and Founder of DO GOOD X, Anne Evans and Mentor Dida - Ashoka
Many changemakers’ “Why” derives from their spiritual beliefs.
In this panel we’ll reflect on why faith matters in their work, and how building a world where everyone is a changemaker aligns with faith in several ways.
This session will feature diverse changemakers whose Why derives from their spiritual beliefs. In 2021 Ashoka ran its first Changemaking Masterclass for Faith-Inspired Changemakers and 140 people from 22 countries and 10 various faith traditions answered the call.
Learn what they have in common, why faith matters in their work (and perhaps in yours), and how building a world where everyone is a changemaker aligns with faith for several types of changemakers:
• Spiritual Innovators...
We just launched a new Podcast.
Do you consider yourself a spiritual innovator, an artist, an activist, a change-agent, an entrepreneur, a church leader, or a visionary educator?
Are you too curious, or your ideas too bold for the institutions or communities you serve? Are you looking to connect with other changemakers? Did you know you’re not the only crazy one out there?
Soularize brings together like-minded people and new voices from the fringes to engage, as we explore the theme of Humane Spirituality.
We are pleased to inform you of the Soularize 2021 Start-up Pitch Gallery Awardees:
New Wine Collective
The Philosophy Dream School
Advisors comments included:
The In[HEIR]itance Project builds on the long-standing tradition of art fueling social change with an innovative and compelling approach. The way they build bridges in communities, create space for difficult conversations, and open pathways for change is one of the most creative models I've seen for interfaith engagement toward social impact.
"New Wine Collective - put simply - gets it. Spiritual communities of the future embrace emergence, co-creation, flattened hierarchies, and a real sense of ownership across the board. The days of belonging to a church are waning; the days of the church belonging to you are just beginning.
Soularize received over 20 submissions and a dozen of those followed through with their final presentations. Our advisors identified their top choices...
Hosted by Spencer Burke
Guest Elan Babchuck - Glean Network
It does not matter what your audience learns, it matters how they feel! Learn how storytelling and an abbreviated hero’s journey can be used to put your audience in the middle of your pitch. Elan defines the six basic elements of a solid pitch and answers questions from Soularize participants. The whole conversation is informative and encouraging. If you are new to pitching a Start-up idea or want to improve an existing presentation, Elan will inspire you to go for it!
Elan Babchuck, Founding Director at Glean Network guides us through the main elements needed in a well presented start up pitch. His positive professional presentation is effective and his enthusiasm contagious. No matter if you are presenting a start-up pitch at Soularize or just honing your presentation skills - this 52 minute instructional video is worth your time. If you want to skip to the nuts and bolts, fast forward to the core of...
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