Missions & Community
Missions & Community
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.
Struggling with what to do with your church building? Here’s how to find help
Congregations across the country are trying to figure out what to do with buildings that no longer serve their purpose. But there are many resources for leaders grappling with this issue, writes a project director at the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving.
Public health from the pulpit: First steps for clergy to help create healthier communities
The gap between clergy and health professionals is hard to bridge, but pastors and Christian leaders can begin with some simple steps to help their communities flourish, writes a public health professional.
A nonprofit ministers on “both sides of the gun”
Together Chicago reduces gun violence with a five-pronged strategy designed to reduce crime on the streets and improve social conditions on Chicago’s West Side.
What can you do with a church building? Support local religion journalism
A congregation in Spokane, Washington, offered its building to a digital news startup, allowing it to grow into a million-dollar organization, writes the founder of the site.
Peter Storey: Is the church here for the world or itself?
A retired white Methodist bishop from South Africa who worked with Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu to end apartheid urges American Christian leaders to take Christian nationalism seriously.
More than finding a room, building an intentional community
CRECHE, a Boston-area co-housing network, offers space for developing deep relationships while easing the burden of high housing costs.
In the Pacific Northwest, Christian institutions have to adapt to an era where church isn’t a given
Different structures of belonging are emerging on the edge of Christendom to nourish the life of faith, says the author of a recent book.
Bob Smietana: Why the decline of the church matters to everyone
As churches slowly disappear, so does the good they do in the world. That’s a loss for everyone, says a longtime religion journalist.