Implications of Fuel Costs and Food Prices on "Doing Church"


A sea-change appears to have happened. The cost of gasoline in the US passed an average of $4.00/gallon yesterday (June 9).

That threshold seems to be a wake-up call to a lot of individuals, non-profits, cities, and national and international organizations.

What sort of wake-up call might it be for the ways we currently conceive of "doing" and "being" church?

I've written an article on this on the GBOD website that will be linked on the homepage there soon-- check in tomorrow afternoon (June 11), and you should be able to find it at It's called "Inflation, Worship and Community." Look for the link in the "What's New" section.

But as I say at the end of that article, what I propose there is probably not nearly as creative or helpful as what each of us, across our various contexts, might discover to do. And it's also not nearly as powerful as if we can begin to share with each other what we're learning in our contexts so we can multiply the learning about how to adapt faithfully, and perhaps become more effective missionally, in light of these changes.

As always, I look forward to your thoughts and replies.

Peace in Christ,

Taylor Burton-Edwards