Mainline Protestants can still have an exciting and life-giving future. Living into that future will require us to learn deeply Harvard business professor Clayton Christensen's lessons of disruptive innovation, say three United Methodist Church leaders.
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After years of struggling to keep up its 1928 building, the congregation of First Christian Church of Oakland decided to make it a center for nonprofits working for peace. Photos courtesy of Oakland Peace Center
Concerned about violence in their city, members of a declining church in Oakland shifted focus, redefined its ministry and invited nonprofit service agencies to work together as the Oakland Peace Center.
In this time of disorientation in our culture, we must rediscover the beauty, truth and goodness of God. We can do this through extravagant love, imaginative storytelling, paying attention to awe and relentlessly reminding people of God’s hope for the world, writes the theologian.
Listen to all the episodes and learn more about the hosts: the Rev. William H. “Bill” Lamar IV, pastor of Metropolitan AME Church in Washington, D.C., and the Rev. Laura Everett, executive director of the Massachusetts Council of Churches.
In this episode of “Can These Bones,” co-host Laura Everett talks with Gideon Tsang, pastor and teacher at Vox Veniae in Austin, Texas, about the challenges of a new church plant.
The Rev. Jes Kast leads worship at A Taste of Heaven at West End Collegiate Church. Photos by Whitney Kidder
Soup kitchen-turned-worship service, A Taste of Heaven is a model of ministry 'with' rather than 'to'
On Manhattan’s Upper West Side, a church-run soup kitchen has become ‘A Taste of Heaven,’ with its own innovative worship service and a celebratory meal. It’s what outreach can be when the church listens to those it is trying to reach.
Globalization, technology and financialization are interacting to rapidly change our world, creating bewilderment and disorientation. In such a time, we need new and renewed institutions that are creative and vibrant to lead us through the turbulence, writes the theologian.
The Rev. Canon Robert Two Bulls at All Saints Episcopal Indian Mission in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Photos by Matt Blewett/Matte B Photography
Instead of serving cheap, easy food in its community kitchen, All Saints Episcopal Indian Mission in Minneapolis honors its guests with dignified dinner service and fresh, organic traditional dishes such as buffalo, wild rice and elk.
A youth pastor finds that running a social enterprise has influenced everything from his preaching to his role in the community. It has also helped congregants reach across the political divide.
Signs representing the number of opioid overdose deaths in Massachusetts last year were displayed at the "No Shame, Erasing the Stigma" rally on the Town Common in Wrentham, Massachusetts, in October. The rally, organized by Trinity Episcopal Church in Wrentham, was held to raise awareness about the opioid epidemic. Photos by Daniel Holmes
The congregation organized a campaign to distribute signs with #2069 -- representing the number of opioid deaths in Massachusetts last year. This simple strategy has had a powerful impact on people struggling with the epidemic.
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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