Saturday, January 17, 2009

Sub*Text Forum

I just got back form the Sub*Text forum in St. Charles, IL. Al Hsu who is the author of The Suburban Christian was the keynote speaker. I also had the privilege of meeting Steve McCoy and Joe Thorn, whose blogs that I follow.

Anyway, here are a few of the things that Al shared which stuck out to me as we thought about and discussed missional living in Suburbia.

  • Multi-faceted and complex
  • Suburbia is a significant mission field
  • USA is third largest mission field in the world.
  • 150,000,000 live in Suburbia (This is equivalent to the size of 7th largest country in the world)
  • Suburbia is now the center of technology, factories and major employment companies
  • More people in the USA live and shop in the suburbs than in the cities.
  • Reverse commuting is very common phenomenon.
  • The suburbs are rapidly diversifying.
  • The world is coming to Suburbia.
  • The suburban life is a spiritual quest. People move to Suburbia for the promise of what will be.
Some questions for Churches to ask themselves
  • How can you church be a gift to your community?
  • When we practice hospitality what does that look like?
  • What is our church called to do in our community? What is our niche?
  • What first drew members to this church?