Urban Mystic

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I want to see these valuable conversations on the podcast continue.

Each tier is a commitment to see our work at Urban Mystic continue, grow and thrive; and are simply suggested options in response to our vision and work.

All three tiers include:
  • Opportunities to connect with us to give feedback on podcast episodes, suggest guests and join the conversation yourself.
  • A free copy of our book: Hitchhikers Guide to Deconstruction (Working title, currently being written)
  • Access to all upcoming courses
  • Dreaming about an online post-church network.

The work of the urban mystic is made possible by incredible Patrons like you.
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Though this Tier defaults to $5 you can set it to any level of contribution. Your support enables us to continue our work and ensures that we don't commercialise what we do.
  • General Support
  • Digital ebook "Hitchikers guide to deconstruction" (June 2021)
  • Early access to 7 Key Relationships

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"Get those courses up and running already!"

I’m excited about content to nurture the practice of the presence of God!

Each tier is a commitment to see our work at Urban Mystic continue, grow and thrive; and are simply suggested options in response to our vision and work.

All three tiers include:
  • Opportunities to connect with us to give feedback on podcast episodes, suggest guests and join the conversation yourself.
  • A free copy of our book: Hitchhikers Guide to Deconstruction (Working title, currently being written)
  • Access to all upcoming courses
  • Dreaming about an online post-church network.

The work of the urban mystic is made possible by incredible Patrons like you.
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Though this Tier defaults to $25 you can set it to any level of contribution. Your support enables us to continue our work and ensures that we don't commercialise what we do.
  • General Support
  • Digital ebook "Hitchikers guide to deconstruction" (June 2021)
  • Early access to 7 Key Relationships

I'm committed to the vision and work.

$50
per month
"Build a team already!"

I'm supporting you because I'd like to see you build a team who share the vision and values of Urban Mystic and yet have their own unique calling and contribution to make.

Each tier is a commitment to see our work at Urban Mystic continue, grow and thrive; and are simply suggested options in response to our vision and work.

All three tiers include:
  • Opportunities to connect with us to give feedback on podcast episodes, suggest guests and join the conversation yourself.
  • A free copy of our book: Hitchhikers Guide to Deconstruction (Working title, currently being written)
  • Access to all upcoming courses
  • Dreaming about an online post-church network.
The work of the urban mystic is made possible by incredible Patrons like you.
----
Though this Tier defaults to $50 you can set it to any level of contribution. Your support enables us to continue our work and ensures that we don't commercialise what we do.
  • General Support
  • Digital ebook "Hitchikers guide to deconstruction" (June 2021)
  • Early access to 7 Key Relationships

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About Urban Mystic

Welcome to the Urban Mystic’s Patreon page! We’re your hosts, Tim Victor and Steve Carter.

We're excited to launch Season 3 of the 
podcast alongside this funding platform. This is a huge step for us and so we welcome you as you share our journey.

As urban mystics we prioritise practicing the presence of, and intimacy with, God, in conjunction with living a deep life of love in relational connection towards God, self and others. Part of our work is hosting real and authentic conversations on the podcast with a variety of people about their experience of God, life journey, deconstruction, and ongoing contribution. These are vulnerable and stretching conversations between us as hosts and our guests. There are other parts of our work too. We meet one-on-one with people, as well as produce supporting material for our upcoming online courses. Into the future we envision a post-church network of people emerging, where those committed to practicing the presence of God will also meet to share meals, their stories and lives.

We hope you love listening to these conversations as much as we enjoying having them. There is more to come.

Have a look below for some further detail on our mission and values.

The work of the urban mystic

The podcast

The podcast started in April 2020 with Tim sharing some broad ideas to kick off Season 1. What followed was a series of live conversations as we grappled with the institutional paradigm that seems so integral to Christianity, our own experience of God and understanding of mystical experience. We raised important questions related to our value for intimacy with God and our desire to pursue relational engagement with God. Find the Season One episode lis there.

In Season 2 we featured both well and lesser known deconstructors and explored their first experience of God, calling to ministry, deconstruction and present contribution. This presents a window into the broad and personal scope of deconstruction. In these conversations we were challenged, moved, and informed. They have been such a great catalyst for one-on-one conversations with many others. Find the Season Two episode list here.

Season 3 launches alongside this Patreon page! We're producing Season 3 and Season 4 at the same time. Season 3 premiers during the first half of this year, Season 4 in the second. In Season 3 we are diving deeper into the tension between faith and experience and what it means to meet ‘with’ as opposed to ‘about’ God. We're also speaking to a few guests about this.

"Your valuable Patreon support enables us to continue producing the Urban Mystic podcast!"

Online content

The podcast is only the tip of the iceberg. We ideally want to help people live deeply in relation to themselves, others and God. We are busy producing video and audio content for the 7 Key Relationships, an eight week online course. The core of the series are the Zoom sessions where participants tell the story of their key relationships, listen deeply to others' stories, and practice the presence of God. The online content is produced with the intent of supporting individuals as they cultivate a practice of the presence of God, and continually form as deeper and deeper relational beings. This series has a proven track record for nurturing a relational paradigm centred on intimacy with God and for starting relational small groups.

"Your generous support enables us to produce the video and audio supporting our online series and make ourselves available to host these series. Our Patreons will be the first to experience the online series."

Post-church network

All our work aims to meet the goal of individuals living a profound relational engagement with God, self and others.

It is our vision that people will discover and nurture this relational paradigm, and that we will be free to support them as they seek to develop their practice of the presence of God. The point of departure for this is individual. Yet we envisage individuals coming together in communities, where they may share their value for intimacy with God. These will be relational spaces focused on meeting ‘with’ rather than ‘about’ God.

"With your support we will be free to lay the groundwork for just such a relational post-church network of people."

Questions about Patreon


What is Patreon?

Patreon is a funding platform, which enables creators to receive financial and other types of support for their work, so as to be free to pursue their vision. Patreon makes it possible for you to partner with individuals, like us, and for individuals like ourselves to connect with our amazing partners.

Essentially, for us, Patreon makes it possible to legitimately pursue a career as a contributor outside the classic church role of a pastor.

Why do we use Patreon?

Classically the only career option for ministry is that of a pastor whose main work is ‘doing’ church. Instead of focusing on the event of doing church, our focus is on individuals and the quality of their relationships with God, self and others.

We see our patrons as part of our team. You will be the first to receive the short ebook 'Deconstructing Church' (working title – Hitchhikers Guide to Deconstruction?) as well as invited to the launch of our online series. Your partnership enables us to support people who are either committing or already committed to intimacy with God.

Why use tiers?

As a funding system, Patreon defaults to providing different tiered options for supporters, which usually corresponds to different levels of supporter benefit. Since our vision is based on de-commercializing access to our work, we have opted instead for different levels of ‘vision buy-in’. Thus, the three tiers suggest three possible responses for supporters of our work.

  • Firstly, an investment in the continued creation of our podcast content. 
  • Secondly, an investment towards the creation, facilitation and ongoing enrichment of online courses. 
  • Lastly, an investment towards the provision of both one-on-one support for individuals and the future vision of a post-church network. 
There is no upper limit to financial contributions at any of the three tiers.

You can listen to us in dialogue over the Patreon launch on this episode of Season 3 of the Urban Mystic podcast.

Why financial milestones?

We feel financial milestones most honour two important aspects of our work. Firstly, our commitment to our ‘people first’ stance. This work is intensely personal, and we hope to see as few barriers to access for those who need it. Thus, we have no desire to measure impact on a people metric, but rather a quality of relationship one. Secondly, financial obligations are an inescapable, if somewhat unwelcome, necessity. Thus, we must set a goal that makes this work personally sustainable for ourselves as creators.

Is there a paywall to your content?

No. Never! And we don’t mean free in the Facebook ‘where we’ll sell your personal information’ sense either ;)

There's far too much exploitation by religion and among churches. We're committed to de-commercializing all our activities. There’s zero charge for one-on-one sessions, our book, or even the online courses. This is because the work of the urban mystic is missional and not transactional.

With your kind support we will be able to keep it this way!
Goals
$45.25 of $500 per month
Our first milestone! Thank you for your support.

When we hit $500 per month we cover the basic costs of fibre internet, mobile phone, zoom, podcast hosting, and the odd cuppa here and there for one-on-one meetings.

  • We'll set up our own Discord server with a room just for our Patrons
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