Slow Church Conference – Indianapolis – April 3-5, 2014


Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus
Englewood Christian Church – Indianapolis
April 3-5, 2014

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A conversation curated by Chris Smith and John Pattison,
co-authors of the Slow Church book (coming June 2014, IVP / Praxis Books)


Slow Food and the other Slow movements hold important lessons for the American churches. They compel us to ask ourselves tough questions about the ground our faith communities have ceded to the cult of speed. And they invite all of us—clergy, theologians and laypeople—to start exploring and experimenting with the possibilities of Slow Church. Not as another church growth strategy, but as a way of re-visioning what it means to be communities of believers gathered and rooted in particular places at a particular time.  Just as Slow Food offers a pointed critique of industrialized food cultures and agricultures, Slow Church can help us unmask and repent of our industrialized and McDonaldized approaches to church. It can also spur our imaginations with a rich vision of the holistic, interconnected and abundant life together to which God has called us in Christ Jesus.

The aim of this conference is to introduce participants to Slow Church, through lectures by theologians whose work has given shape to Slow Church and by creating ample spaces in which participants can engage in conversation with the speakers and with one another around the themes of the lectures.

We hope that you can join us for this important conversation
with some of the theologians whose work
has given shape to Slow Church!

When: April 3-5, 2014 (Thursday evening through Saturday lunch)

Where: Englewood Christian Church / Indianapolis

Cost:  $149

*** One-Day Registrations are now available for Friday and Saturday!
*** Starting Feb 8, Students can register at the student rate of $99!
(Use the promotion code: STUDENT2014 when you check out)

        This price includes 6 locally-sourced meals during the conference

Keynote Speakers Include: Willie Jennings, Christine Pohl, David Fitch, Phil Kenneson, Carol Johnston
(Plus one other distinguished speaker, who will be announced soon)


Praise for the Slow Church book:

(Available for Pre-Order from Amazon or IV Press  )

This thoughtful, discerning book advocates “slow” in faith and in life. This advocacy is a recognition that faith is a practice of relational fidelity that cannot be reduced to contractual or commodity transaction.  The authors ponder and reflect on this summons with both pastoral sensitivity and missional passion. Readers eager for an evangelically paced life will pay close attention to this advocacy.
– Walter Brueggemann

Chris and John have done a fantastic job of envisioning a wholesomely sustainable, spiritually alluring, and thoroughly kingdom-centric church that is simply fulfilling its purpose of witnessing to Jesus in the rhythms of God’s grace.  I just have to join in!  An inspiring read.
– Alan Hirsch

 Contact us:

If you have any questions about this gathering, any suggestions or if you want print/electronic resources to help promote the Slow Church conference, please drop us an email:

     englewood.conferences ( AT ) gmail ( dot ) com

or by phone, you can contact Chris Smith at:      317 . 639 . 1541