The pastor of a church plant in Seattle explains the nuts and bolts of how his congregation merged with an established church in a way that honored both organizations. The key, he says, was a friendship between the two pastors and a shared belief that the assets of the church belong to the kingdom.
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Drive is a social club where people can gather to play table tennis, eat, drink and meet people. Photo courtesy of Drive
Diallo and Jameel Smith have used their entrepreneurial talent in Detroit to both plant Awakenings Movement -- a nondenominational church -- and open a table tennis social club called Drive.
Part of a growing movement to find new ways of doing and being church, Luther's Table in Renton, Washington, is a venue that defies description, a cafe/bar/nightclub/hub that just happens to be a church.
Worshippers gather for Cathedral in the Night, one of the alternative ministries of the Clearstory Collective. Photo courtesy of Clearstory Collective
In western Massachusetts, a network of ministries is drawing on ancient and modern traditions to attract young people who might not otherwise be interested in church.
Union coffee shop in Dallas is a church plant created to reach young people wary of church. The pastor who serves as its “community curator” talks about what he has learned from this experiment.
The congregation gathers at the table at St. Lydia's church for a sacred meal. Photo courtesy of St. Lydia's
A church at once ancient and new, Saint Lydia’s is a self-styled “dinner church,” where worship, drawing on early Christian practices, takes place around a full, sit-down meal.
It’s one thing to start a church; it's another to keep it going. As Jacob’s Well has discovered, even the most cutting-edge, creative and vibrant church has to have organization and structure.
Congregations seeking to remain or become vital must change to reflect the changing paradigm of the American family, says the author of a new book on the future of the church.