The Deconstructed Church: Understanding Emerging Christianity

by Gerardo Marti, Gladys Ganiel. Oxford University Press, 2014.


This resource offers rich descriptions of the various forms of congregations emerging, ranging from pub-churches to online networks.


new forms of congregations, pub-churches, neo-monastic communities, online networks

Recommended Audience

Clergy and lay leaders


Purchase as a book or e-book

Practical Applications

  • Be inspired by the different ways religious communities are being formed and reformed.
  • Consider starting your own non-traditional congregation after learning the various ways communities are practicing their faith.

About the Contributor

Tim Shapiro

Tim Shapiro is the Indianapolis Center’s president. He began serving the Center in 2003 after 18 years in pastoral ministry. For 14 years, Tim served Westminster Presbyterian Church in Xenia, Ohio. Prior to his pastorate at Westminster, he was pastor of Bethlehem Presbyterian Church in Logansport, Indiana. He holds degrees from Purdue University and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Tim’s interest in how congregations learn to do new things is represented in his book How Your Congregation LearnsAfter his extensive work on the Center’s Sacred Space initiative, Tim co-authored the book Holy Places: Matching Sacred Space with Mission and MessageHe has also authored several articles, including Applying Positive Deviance and The Congregation of Theological Coherence.

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