For more information and resources go to www.achurchdismantled.com.In May of 2020, in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic, I wrote what I have called for years my “Weekly Email” to the congregation where my wife Heidi and I have served in a ministry role for nearly fifteen years. My email that week was “Why the church cannot be reopened,” and addressed the ongoing calls for reopening local congregations along with retail stores, restaurants, gyms, and so on. That little piece caught the attention of folks who passed it on to others and so on. I posted it on Facebook and received the same positive reaction. This began a series of blog-like postings that immediately attracted an audience on Facebook along with dialogue with readers who resonated the essays. As a result, I decided to try a podcast.The primary theme, from the beginning, was based upon research that I had conducted in 2006-07 when I carried out a survey of members of Mennonite Church USA, with the results reported in a book entitled Road Signs for the Journey: A Profile of Mennonite Church USA (Herald Press, 2007). One of the questions that I began to raise during that time was: “Is God's Spirit dismantling the church because we have so failed God's mission?” Prophetic or not, the idea I posited fifteen years ago of a dismantled church has only gained traction since I first posed it. Certainly the sociological perspective has long been a prophetic voice speaking truth to power and revealing the truth of the taken for granted realities we so often blindly embrace. Thus my work of the last fifteen years lies both within the prophetic tradition of Judaism and Christianity but as well in the prophetic and critical tradition of my academic discipline which sociologist Max Weber argued more than a century ago would be needed once modernity found itself locked in the “iron cage of rationality.” The response to the podcast has been quite unexpected, beginning as I did with such little sense of what I was launching at the time. This summer for some time the podcast was ranked in the 97th percentile among Buzzsprout’s 65,000 plus podcasts in terms of number of downloads. Within the first five months I have recorded 104 episodes, have had nearly 25,000 episode downloads, and have had listeners in 57 countries and 1001 cities globally. I have had numerous emails from listeners who resonate with my writing, including folks who are churched, dechurched, unchurched, of Christian faith and of no faith. The podcast has represented for me the intersection and integration of various areas of my professional and personal life that had been disparate entities in the past. It has allowed me to draw upon nearly three decades of teaching sociology, thirty-five years of sociological research, fifteen years of church and denominational consulting, twenty years of ministry, my childhood and coming of age in a conservative Mennonite/Amish community, and my diagnosis three years ago of Parkinson’s Disease. In many ways, the writing of these seemed to emerge as a Pentecost like experience where for nearly every morning for three weeks as I met with the Lord, a new word emerged. Some of the episodes are more personal than others and addresses lessons I've learned about suffering and pain through some personal crises including my diagnosis of Parkinson's Disease. Part way into the podcast, I created Episode 0 as the Introduction to the Podcast, providing some context for the episodes. I encourage you to listen to that episode sooner rather than later as you walk your way into the larger story of "A Church Dismantled." I can be reached at email@example.com. Thanks for listening. Conrad L. Kanagy, Ph.D.