Topic: Thriving Communities
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.
How a thriving community of faith lives gently with those suffering with mental illness.
Why should you pay attention to the outliers in your organization who are thriving despite few resources? The story of a Vietnamese village shows why paying attention to positive deviants can create lasting change, even in seemingly impossible situations.
Vibrant institutions, thriving community, and traditioned innovation all come together at a church in the increasingly stony ground of New England.