Church leaders must be willing to hold themselves accountable for what’s going on in congregations because wishful thinking won’t help the church thrive in the future, the late AME bishop said in a 2010 interview.
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But if denominations are to have a vibrant future, they must become a means to network people in meaningful, covenantal relationships, says the former head of the Reformed Church in America.
A major figure in the emerging church talks about what’s good about denominations, the challenges the organizations face and some “wild ideas” for the future.
Treating people with unconditional hospitality, no matter what their background, is a hallmark of Broad Street Ministry in Philadelphia. Four years ago, the congregation opened its doors to the surrounding community, offering worship, food and a welcoming place to gather.
Mainline Protestants are uniquely positioned to reinvigorate the American church by bringing together the evangelical and social gospels, the Rev. Adam Hamilton says in an interview with local television news anchor David Crabtree.