Welcome friends! In May of 2020 an email to our congregation where my wife Heidi and I have served in ministry for fifteen years. My email was entitled “Why the church cannot be reopened." This began a series of blog-like postings that immediately attracted an audience on Facebook. As a result, I decided to try a podcast. 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. The response to the podcast has been quite unexpected, now with more than 35,000 episodes downloaded in 73 countries and nearly 1,300 cities. The podcast seems to particularly resonate with those on the run from the church and feel alienated or marginalized by the church. The podcast 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. The podcast consists of five ongoing seasons: 1)A Church Dismantled, 2)Miscellaneous interviews, 3)An Advent series "The Light still Shines," 4)A Lenten series "When Night Falls," and 5)interviews from my LIVE at 345 podcast that airs twice a week and where the videos are posted to YouTube. Thank you for listening and I can be reached at [email protected]
Conrad L. Kanagy, Ph.D.