Church 3.0


VT_2007_03_ 015This is a repost of an article found on and written by Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer, the current Conference Minister for the Southwest Conference of The United Church of Christ..  Very worthwhile reading for those of us who see the decline in church participation as an opportunity for renewal and rebirth.  (With thanks to Davida Foy Crabtree.)

UPDATE (4/28/2016): The registration for the domain where this blog post was found (Church 3.0 at has expired, meaning that the original article is now unavailable.

I found a review of a Book written by John Dorhauer that covers the same topic, and which was written at about the same time: Review: John Dorhauer, Beyond Resistance: The Institutional Church Meets the Postmodern World.

Also, Rev. Dorhauer recently left his position as leader of the Southwest Conference of the UCC to become President of the United Church of Christ

Author: Allen

A would be historian turned IT Professional who responded to the call to the Ministry, and is now focused on social justice and community service. He is a father of two (ages 30 & 9). He and his wife enjoy life near Boston. You can follow Pastor Allen on Facebook at or on Twitter @allenvm3.

2 thoughts on “Church 3.0”

  1. Churches aren’t the only institutions figuring out how to adjust to the electronic age. I just attended a talk by a publisher talking about upheavals in news media that was remarkably similar, and which also looped in colleges and corporations. I hope as we go through these upheavals that we are able to hold fast to what is good and valuable about these institutions.


  2. Yes Bruce –

    I hadn’t seen that as part of the same trend, but you’re right, and certainly institutions like the Elks, VFW, Masons, etc., have all been feeling it too.

    Sometimes it seems like the only social institution (that has something to do with fostering relationships and community) that is growing are the soccer and other kids sports teams, and they are often more about competition than relationship!


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