To receive the gifts and overcome the challenges in an intergenerational community, a leader must communicate effectively, listen for values, understand events that have shaped generational worldviews, harvest wisdom and continue learning, writes a managing director for Leadership Education at Duke Divinity.
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Music has played a foundational role in the life of New Hope Presbyterian Church since its inception in 2007. Photos by Cathleen Falsani
A church plant in a mostly white county draws upon its unique gifts -- including music from classical and black church traditions -- to attract worshippers and respond to the needs of the community.
Few places in the U.S. support the conditions for small churches to act like big churches. So they have an opportunity to focus on the activities that both foster the particular gifts of the congregation and make a distinctive witness to the community, writes the executive director of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity.
Members of Austin's Vox Veniae greet one another before Sunday services, called simply "Liturgy @ Vox." Photos by Brian Diggs
In Austin, Texas, Vox Veniae church pulses with the city’s young, creative vibe, even as it grapples with complex issues of identity, ethnicity and culture.
A 5-minute video by Houston filmmaker Marlon F. Hall offers a glimpse into this innovative ministry, which is based in deep listening, prayer and openness to the Holy Spirit.
Small missional communities, anchored to a local congregation, offer a different way of being church, one that offers hope for renewal and new life, says the evangelism scholar.
When the Rev. Hannah Terry and her partners in ministry moved into an apartment complex in Houston, they agreed to live in community and to abide by this rule of life.
The Fondren Apartment Ministry and Westbury UMC reflect the changing face of Houston and America. Photos by Mark Mulligan
Westbury UMC's apartment ministry has helped resettled refugees -- and the congregation -- find new life in Houston
The church is located in one of the most multicultural cities in America, yet the congregation was not as engaged with its diverse neighbors as it could have been. That changed when they hired an associate pastor to live in intentional community in apartments three miles and a whole world away.