Part of a growing movement to find new ways of doing and being church, Luther's Table in Renton, Washington, is a venue that defies description, a cafe/bar/nightclub/hub that just happens to be a church.
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Worshippers gather for Cathedral in the Night, one of the alternative ministries of the Clearstory Collective. Photo courtesy of Clearstory Collective
In western Massachusetts, a network of ministries is drawing on ancient and modern traditions to attract young people who might not otherwise be interested in church.
Union coffee shop in Dallas is a church plant created to reach young people wary of church. The pastor who serves as its “community curator” talks about what he has learned from this experiment.
The congregation gathers at the table at St. Lydia's church for a sacred meal. Photo courtesy of St. Lydia's
A church at once ancient and new, Saint Lydia’s is a self-styled “dinner church,” where worship, drawing on early Christian practices, takes place around a full, sit-down meal.
It’s one thing to start a church; it's another to keep it going. As Jacob’s Well has discovered, even the most cutting-edge, creative and vibrant church has to have organization and structure.
Congregations seeking to remain or become vital must change to reflect the changing paradigm of the American family, says the author of a new book on the future of the church.
It’s probably good that most churches aren’t wrapped up in the latest fads. But there are cultural shifts congregations and church leaders need to track and respond to sensibly.
Religious institutions responding to Americans’ love affair with their pets are adding new ministries, drawing new people to church and advocating greater care for all living creatures. Take our quiz to test your knowledge of the relationship between believers and their nonhuman loved ones.
Americans remain remarkably religious in both belief and practice. However, recent research shows that every indicator of traditional religiosity is either stable or declining -- with none on the rise -- suggesting that American religion has slowly but unmistakably declined in recent decades.