I have been fascinated with cities and how churches interact with them. A friend of mine, Andreas Wolf, likes to talk about large groups of people, nations and cities, from a multi-dimensional perspective. He likes to think of them like a cube. His cube is a bit more dramatic looking but the idea is basically the same. You can see it in his post “Lost tribes of Europe.”
The “lost tribes of Europe” is a response to those who say that Europe is not where we need to start more churches, for that we should go to 3rd world tribes. In Barcelona for example, there are five small churches that serve a population of more than 85,000. These people are self organized into segments of society where the church has no influence or representative.
At this point Andreas’ cube is too small. We need to think of it as a grouping of cubes. The complexity of society is intense. To approach this complexity Geodemographic segmentation was developed. One system (ACORN) has 287 lifestyle variables. How does the church interact with this type of segmentation? Should a church dedicate itself to one segment of society? Can churches get together in order to effectively help a set of segments? I find this whole topic quite interesting..