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Slideshow: Being the ministry

Treating people with unconditional hospitality, no matter what their background, is a hallmark of Broad Street Ministry in Philadelphia. Four years ago, the congregation opened its doors to the surrounding community, offering worship, food and a welcoming place to gather.

Jim Moose works on a table to send to families in New Orleans who lost their furniture in Hurricane Katrina. Photo courtesy New Wilmington Presbyterian Church

Telling the story

Don’t forget us -- tell our story. Everywhere they went in New Orleans, members of a church group from Pennsylvania heard the same plea. So they told the story -- in prose, video and poetry. Then the project got even bigger.

Elaine Childs conducts Bible clubs for children in Roma villages. Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Photo

Maturing missions

Short-term trips abroad inspire American Christians and harness their energy. But many congregations now are blending the volunteer approach with long-term, strategic partnerships.

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