Looking Back on 2019

by Ken Howard

2019 was a good year for FaithX. It had its ups and downs – a rollercoaster ride, for sure, at times – but all-in-all, both despite and because of it all, we came through 2019 much stronger, with a clearer vision of who we are and where we are going, and with many successes to energize us. 

We’ve come a long way since we launched in December of 2016. Back then it was just me as FaithX’s executive director/principal (and only) consultant, a 4-person volunteer board of directors, and one client, the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland and its two newest congregations. 

Over the next two years, we would establish our affiliation with Datastory, collaborate with them to prototype, develop, beta test, and launch the next-generation demographic analysis and missional planning platform, which would become known as MapDash for Faith Communities, added about a dozen clients, two associate consultants, a blog coordinator, a volunteer research director, and publish a ground-breaking research paper entitled “The Religion Singularity.” 

In 2019 we broadened our reach even further. We expanded our work not only into more Episcopal dioceses, congregations, and organizations, but more importantly, branching out into more than five additional “denominations” (i.e., including the non-denominational movement), and have begun discussions with interfaith and non-Christian faith traditions. We launched a new peer-reviewed journal about religion and ministry. We worked with Datastory to develop and launch the new Neighborhood Missional Intelligence Report, and we designed the consultative Neighborhood Missional Assessment program to help congregations identify emerging missional opportunities and challenges in the neighborhoods they serve. 

And so I’d like to offer my appreciation to all of those who have joined FaithX on our experimental missional journey through the end of religion as we know it into the future of faith in whatever form God is calling it into being…

To the FaithX Team 

  • Mary Frances and Steve Matthews, our Senior Associate Consultants, who continue diligently working to bring us into relationship with new congregations, judicatories, organizations, denominations, and faith traditions.
  • David Maglott, Darren Slade, and Jonathan Howard, our Board of Directors, whose support, guidance, and wisdom keep us moving forward. David serves a treasurer and finance director, Jonathan as growth director, and Darren as board secretary, director of research, part-time administrator, and general editor of our journal, Socio-Historical Exploration of Religion and Ministry (shermjournal.org) — congrats on publishing our first two issues, and on earning your PhD in theology.
  • Mary Beth Howard, who serves as editor of our FaithXperimental Blog (proofreader extraordinaire) and our bookkeeper.

To Our Collaborators

To Our Clients

To Our Followers and Supporters

Of course, this is only a partial list of the people and organizations to whom we owe a share of gratitude for joining us on our missional journey. So many stories of missional transformation to tell. So many experiments that we and others have tried and learned from — some from what worked, some from what didn’t, but all of which were fertile ground for the future of faith.

And so we say, “Watch this space!”

Want to help your congregation more effectively engage
the neighborhoods it serves?
Click here to schedule a no cost preliminary missional intelligence discussion and receive a sample Neighborhood Missional Intelligence Report for your location

Those who engage a full Neighborhood Missional Assessment or other consultative program from FaithX will receive a complete NMIR in interactive (dynamic HTML) format.

Want to help your judicatory identify emerging missional opportunities within its boundaries?
Click here to schedule a demo/discussion of MapDash for Faith Communities for Strategic Missional Planning

FaithX is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and Ken’s faith-based consulting practice at FaithX is carried out under an extension of ministry from the Episcopal Diocese of Washington