How does your parish engage with its surrounding community?
It is also important that the growth of congregations be not only numerical but also spiritual.
What the Church does (or should do) is all missional. But I think too often we forget that.
Reflection on the second annual Missional Voices National Gathering.
At what point do we stop dreaming about what we can be and do?
I won’t be leading any missionary journeys to Mars, but I think I am learning a thing or two about missional work from this series.
The early church was caring for the poor, clothing the naked, feeding the hungry. This small (but growing) community was changing its surrounding community.
Alan Bentrup asks: "Are we taking this ancient ritual to the streets to meet people where they are, or because we think it is something that “good (or cool) churches” do?"
You can always find the divine at work in this life if you open your heart and soul to the stories that lurk beneath the often over-produced surface.
We’ll need these precious, quiet times in the year – these times when the world around seems to hush, even for just a bit – so we can come indoors, reflect, give thanks, and look forward – this dynamic communal motion which i…
In 2015, Vital Posts recorded the planting of a new Episcopal congregation in Brownsburg, Indiana, just outside Indianapolis. The small seed of a congregation that Fr. Gray planted has grown to nearly 130 people of Good Samar…
But at the core, the early Church was in the business (I know, it’s not actually a business, but work with me here...) of introducing people to the love of God in Christ Jesus, and building community flowing out from that lov…
The church today is not so unlike Luke’s audience. As we invite new neighbors and speak to new people, we are less and less able to presume a common vocabulary of faith or a common set of agreed-upon hopes.
Sure, Jesus fed people who were hungry and healed people that were sick, but in these chapters of Luke we get the sense that Jesus just wanted to sit down for a meal and get to know people.
The church is not a business, it is a ministry, so while some business practices are portable, the process and outcome should be different.
What if we expanded our view of “Christian education” away from merely learning facts and figures about our faith, and instead started to think more holistically about a theology of education?
And so our job as Christians, as those made in the image of a creating and redeeming God, is to take what is and help make it into what it can be.
As a leader in the church, I must be ready to help empower those around me to pursue God’s mission as they see it. Folks don’t need to wait for an “official” ministry or some special request. If you see a way to help someone,…