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Slow Church vs. McMinistry

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"Through discernment and a broader understanding of vocation, people can be encouraged and empowered to exercise their own gifts and passions. For pastors who need to be in control, it's going to be unsettling. We need to get away from the four characteristics of McDonaldization: predictability, calculability, efficiency, and control." - John Pattison

"What we're encouraging is for churches to grow deeper, to know the people in their congregation and neighborhood, and to be attentive to these people. Ultimately, slow is not about speed, it's about attentiveness. Once we start to grow deeper in our knowledge of our place, our neighbors, and the people in our congregation, we're able to respond and discern better what really needs urgency and what doesn't." - Chris Smith

—From "Mary, Martha, and Slow Church," on Parsemagazine.com.

"Faith grew from seeds of doubt, and I came upon a whole new world that, for the first time, actually made sense to me. To this day, I do not find faith stifling ...

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