Topic: Thriving Communities
Vibrant institutions, thriving community, and traditioned innovation all come together at a church in the increasingly stony ground of New England.
Large churches don’t have to be anonymous and impersonal. They can be communities that are more hospitable than small ones.
We have always viewed buildings (and now we can speak in the plural) as tools of ministry. Dynamic churches are always short of space.
A map of Seagrove, N.C., shows that it is a thriving community whose potters are bound together by traditioned innovation, the desire to work together and a love of their craft. Do our institutions need maps that show the relationships, ideas and priorities that define us?
Perhaps the surprising thing is not that there are so few thriving congregations in the US. It’s that there are so many.