Being in and for your neighborhood

As congregations developed online worship offerings in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many learned that their reach could be far greater online than it had been previously. Some churches report people regularly logging on from across the continent or across…

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What is God doing in your neighborhood?

This week, we continue to explore the relationship between our congregations and our communities. Tim Soerens from the Parish Collective invites us to consider how our neighborhoods may teach our churches about the dream of God in the world. Jonathan Brooks’s church…

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Ask Alban: Religious Preference

by Larry Peers Q:  It seems that a growing number of people indicate that their religious preference is “none”—or say, “I’m spiritual, but not religious.” Is there anything that congregations can do differently? Are we becoming irrelevant? A.  Loyalty to religious…

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Going Global: Moving Beyond Local Missions

The prevailing notion of ecclesiastical mission is “hands-on mission in my backyard,” which combines the popular desire to do something locally with our wish for hands-on involvement. This type of high-tough localism may have been a good idea before globalization…

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What is the Mission of "Missions"?

Most congregations engage in some form of social ministry—or believe they should. Some call it missions, others outreach, social action, or benevolence. From relatively modest actions like collecting canned goods for the local food bank to major projects like building…

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