What Is PunkChiridion
PunkChiridion is a portmanteau (a combination of the sounds and definitions of two terms) made from punk and enchiridion. The punk scene rose up in England with a strong do it yourself (DIY) mentality. Its members were tired of being spoon-fed content and decided to create their own music, fashion, and culture.
Enchiridion is a Late Latin word for that which is held in hand. It came to be understood as a small resource book or manual that could be taken with you.
The concept that PunkChiridion is earnestly proposing is one of self-empowered, DIY Christians, moving forward as they have been so equipped to do. It's a movement of believers not waiting for permission. It's a generation excited to live amongst and rub shoulders with the lost. We desire Christians that participate beyond the pew.
In 2010, Punkchiridion started as an idea for a new type of catechism. It was going to be a small manual for today's Christians focused on the core teachings of Christianity along the side of essays on topics that were relevant to living in our world today.
From that idea, it grew into an entire ministry of outreach and empowerment.
In summer of 2015, Punkchiridion began tipping its toe into the world of evangelism and experimentation. After 43 dialogues with various church workers and near countless conversations with the dechurched, the ministry found its ethos.
While there are now numerous volunteers and several talented contributors, Punkchiridion started with a youth minister named Justin Gudel. After a decade of working within the church, Justin couldn't help but be frustrated with what he felt was lacking in the ministry surrounded him. For years he parroted all the correct and powerful phrases that he still believes in -- declarations like "the gospel is life changing." These were true expressions of the faith, but they began to feel like hyperbole.
There was a vacuum or an empty-space where everyone spoke of action but seldom did anything. If the gospel was powerful, why did it so rarely move its adherents into engagement?
Was it because the church forgot how to challenge its members?
About Justin Gudel
Justin Peter Gudel, Punkchiridion's founder, and first minuteman has a theology degree from Concordia University Mequon. He has over a decade of church work. He continues to serve and volunteer in several other ministries including Promise Ministries Fort Wayne and Persecuted4Christ.