For Christian Piatt and his Milagro Church bridging polarizing differences, which seem intractable in today's contemporary society, is a job more churches should be putting on the front burner.
Christian, an author blogger and pastor, co-founded the congregation with his wife (before recently moving), and thinks that the witness of just getting along with one another can be the best way the Church evangelizes the world today.
In this interview Christian also talks about what younger people look for in churches, and why slowing things down is so important.
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Few people are as impatient as Christian when it comes to sparking the Church to do better. Here are my notes from the interview.
Who's Driving the Bus?
Is it Mission or Preservation? Christian says the proclivity of too many established congregations to just take care of themselves is the elephant in the room that needs to be called out. Has it been called out in your church?
With the average American now spending 9 hours a day in front of a screen, Christian says it's high time we highlight our difference from the world by the way we gather. Slowing down, being mindful and present, especially as it helps us see the mind/body/spirit connection in each one of us, is a good way to start.
Cultivating a Gigantic Love Christian made that statement, cultivating a love that's greater than our differences, the main goal at his church - in what ways might that work in your church?
About Christian Piatt
Christian Piatt is an author, editor, speaker, musician and spoken word artist. He co-founded Milagro Christian Church in Pueblo, Colorado with his wife, Rev. Amy Piatt, in 2004. Christian is the creator and editor of the Banned Questions book series, which include Banned Questions About the Bible and Banned Questions About Jesus. He co-created and co-edits the "WTF: Where's the Faith?" young adult series with Chalice Press, and he has a memoir on faith, family and parenting published in early 2012 called Pregmancy: A Dad, a Little Dude and a Due Date.
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Hear stories and unscripted quotes from his young son as they await the birth of his baby sister, PregMANcy will take you on the wild ride of parenthood and show that it is not always easier the second time around. It's available in print and ebook editions. Find PreMANcy at ChalicePress.com and anywhere books are sold.