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#95 Mark Mulder on Urbanism, Congregations & White Flight

By Ben Katt - Pastor, Community Developer & Social Entrepreneur

Dr. Mark Mulder is professor of sociology, adjunct professor of congregational and ministry studies, and director of the urban studies minor and at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He teaches classes on church and society, diversity and inequality, and urban sociology. Mark is the author of Congregations, Neighborhoods, Places, Shades of White Flight: Evangelical Congregations and Urban Departure, and co-author of Latino Protestants in America: Diverse and Growing. His research centers on the intersection of cities and congregations. In this episode of RePlacing Church, Mark joins me to discuss: The shift in church culture and theology towards place Historic and present-day barriers that perpetuate systemic inequity Why churches should take inventory of their assets and explore how they can be utilized for their neighborhood The "halo effect" of church impact on communities The importance of ethnography, being attuned to your context, and a posture of humility Historical example of white flight on Chicago's South side Church adaptation in the tide of changing demographics Get your free RePlacing Church Resource List, a guide to being and becoming the church in the neighborhood. Subscribe, rate, and review the RePlacing Church Podcast on iTunes, or listen on Stitcher, Google Play, or Podbean. Support RePlacing Church on Patreon. I need your support to offset production costs so that I can continue to offer quality content and insightful interviews that will help you grow in your faith and practice. Visit, become a RePlacing Church Patron for as little as a $1/month and receive access to bonus podcast episodes, additional blog posts and more exclusive content! More information here. Sign up for RePlacing Church updates at Like on Facebook, Follow on Instagram. Episode Song Credits: "Another Wrong to Right" by Mercir. "Feels Like Home" by Immersive Music. "Full Humanity" by Cymatix. Used with Permission. Production Assistance by Nate Tubbs.

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