The other day, Trendwatching posted an article summarizing “10 Crucial Consumer Trends in 2010.”
- Business as Unusual
- Real-Time Reviews
- Tracking and Alerting
- Embedded Generosity
- Profile Myning
Three ideas within Urbany caught my eye.
- The proportion of person living in cities has risen dramatically in the past century.
- Urban dwellers tend to be more daring.
- Urban dwellers tend to be more connected, both in proximity and via the internet.
- Urban dwellers are more specifically cultured.
Claim: Increasing urbanization is an opportunity to plant (or renew) churches that are radically biblical, gatheringly diverse, and culturally expressive.
Downtown Torrance as Suburban-Urban
TFB is an established church, just a block from downtown Torrance. Thinking about TFB, some “urbany” questions arise.
- How can we leverage our location for the kingdom?
- What needs to change?
- How has God equipped us already?
- How can we enhance and radically express biblical distinctives?
- How can we grow and live trust in God?
- Which gathering venues, both face-to-face and virtual, can we add or enhance?
- What is Torrance 90501 culture?
- How can we shape our expression of essential Christianity to “speak” Torrance?
- How can we, as insiders, lovingly critique Torrance culture?
- How can we make Torrance culture more beautiful and godly?
Note: Kairos is a Greek term often translated “time” that carries the idea of opportunity. See the Wikipedia article for more.