In a time when congregations are customizing or developing their own events and services, all church leaders are designers. The design process centers around questions about audience and needs, writes the executive director of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity.
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The Rev. Faith Fowler stands in front of the first of 25 new tiny homes that will be built in Detroit by Cass Community Social Services. Photo by Diane Weiss
As both pastor and nonprofit executive director, the Rev. Faith Fowler is known for her outreach to the poor. Her latest effort: a village of tiny homes that will allow people to become stakeholders in their neighborhood and in their city.
Innovation doesn’t have to be huge to be worthwhile. It can be a small experiment, a risk that won’t harm your institution but has the potential for measurable gain, writes the managing director of grants at Leadership Education at Duke Divinity.
When board members of Bangor Theological Seminary realized they could no longer sustain a traditional theological school, they decided to use the remaining endowment to create something new: The BTS Center.
Mount Vernon Presbyterian School in Atlanta calls itself a "maker community." Students from preschool to high school learn by solving problems and building prototypes. Photos courtesy of Mount Vernon Presbyterian School
Mount Vernon Presbyterian School in Atlanta wasn't satisfied with only changing its physical space and teaching methods. School leaders also created a nonprofit institute to encourage other educators to adopt the model.
Muslims and Christians in Chicago generate new ideas for working together on the environment. Photos by Dan Davis Photography
Experiment in interfaith relations brings Muslims and Christians together not just to talk, but to act
Using a novel approach borrowed from the tech world, Christians and Muslims come together, coupling words and actions in pursuit of a shared concern: finding a way to make the world a greener place.
This curriculum set, including four visual poems, lesson plans and resource guides, invites your small group to consider God’s creative work in our daily lives -- even in the midst of limitation, lamentation, harm and mess.
Rabbi Jeremy Simons Skypes with a bat mitzvah student to help prepare her for her coming-of-age ceremony. Photo courtesy of the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life
By blending new technology with traditional methods such as circuit-riding clergy, the Institute of Southern Jewish Life helps form young people in faith even in places where the community has disappeared.
What items in your institution are being held together with literal or metaphorical duct tape? What brokenness are you hiding that needs to be fixed? wonders a managing director at Leadership Education at Duke Divinity.
Leadership Education at Duke Divinity teaches a way of thinking that holds the past and future in tension, not in opposition.
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