Ministering to the Soul of a Community

Congregations are born from a generative spark of interaction between stories of faith and stories of place. Some person or group looks out on a particular landscape and says, “There should be a church—or there should be a congregation of…

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Knowing Your Community, Defining Your Mission

Getting to know the community that your congregation will focus on is a critical step in defining your mission. To start, work on getting answers to several key questions: What are the primary issues in your community? How do the…

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Congregations in the Community: Making an Impact on Public Life

Congregations asked freelance writer ‘Marlis McCollum to interview key leaders in American religion about their perspectives on how congregations make a difference and why they matter. In the first of a two-part serices, Thomas Tewell, Lowell Livezey, Bob Abernathy, and…

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What Matters in Ministry

Louisville Institute associate director William Brosend II discusses the five elements of ministry that are more important than anything else I quit my job. It’s a long story, and I did not stay unemployed for long. The point is that…

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