There may be churches that don’t care about growth. But these can’t possibly be Methodist.
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Church leaders must be willing to hold themselves accountable for what’s going on in congregations because wishful thinking won’t help the church thrive in the future, the late AME bishop said in a 2010 interview.
But if denominations are to have a vibrant future, they must become a means to network people in meaningful, covenantal relationships, says the former head of the Reformed Church in America.
A major figure in the emerging church talks about what’s good about denominations, the challenges the organizations face and some “wild ideas” for the future.
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The initiative increased congregations’ interest in cooperating with government on social service. But actual congregational partnering with government has not increased at all.
Two United Church of Christ pastors talk about practicing ministry “with delight.”
A new vision of a historic tradition. A Baptist church in Washington, D.C., with a history of commitment to social justice leverages its real estate assets to help revitalize the congregation and engage community partners.