Missions & Community
Missions & Community
Plants can teach clergy a lot about building networks
Gardens grow in ways that are mutually supportive and connected. That’s an underground lesson for pastors, writes the director of the Thriving in Ministry Coordination Program at Leadership Education at Duke Divinity.
Living into the kingdom of God by believing in its abundance
We can live out our beliefs as the early church did by stewarding resources to meet the needs of all, writes a director of programs and grants for Leadership Education at Duke Divinity.
A partnership rooted in God’s love builds affordable housing in New York City
The Trinity-Rev. William M. James Senior Apartments is a collaboration offering affordable housing with wraparound services for seniors, intentionally including the formerly incarcerated.
A new garden of Eden: Eden Theological Seminary’s Gleaning and Garden Project flourishes
More than just a space to grow food, the seminary garden serves as a hub for local gardeners and community activists pursuing racial and economic justice.
What happens when an ‘Old First Church’ needs to change?
Eight years ago, First United Methodist Church of Miami faced the fact that its history and prestige weren’t going to keep it alive forever. It has found a way to honor its past and grow into the future.
An underserved neighborhood needed a community center, not another church
After a satellite campus of a large church struggled, a pastor decided to reformat his church into a community center to address needs in his hometown of Blue Island, Illinois.
Long-term adoption of hybrid services represents a major shift from the traditional church model
The pandemic has drastically changed congregational leaders’ attitudes about virtual services, experts say.
Asylum seekers in San Diego find a network of support
Jewish Family Service of San Diego has joined with other local organizations to help recent arrivals fleeing persecution.
The gospel lived out in the company of friends
Do we make church more complicated than it needs to be? A social entrepreneur revisits her hometown friends and reflects on friendship and what is holy and enduring about life in community.
An experiment in housing and health: Tiny homes, burgeoning community and respite care
A Nashville church shares its property with a cluster of tiny homes where unhoused people can recover from illness and injury and move closer to stability.