Church identity

Now is the Time to Plan

By Timothy Siburg
The calendar now says that it is June. For many people, it is the start of summer. For others, maybe it is even the heart of summer, depending on where you live. Wherever you are… read more

How to Offer Worship for Those Within Your Reach

By Lucinda S. Holmes
One of the biggest shifts in culture and religion today is that if people come to worship at all, it is with eagerness rather than curiosity. Those who do arrive at our church… read more

Repurposing Dying Churches

By Alan Rudnick
It seems that I’m stuck on thinking about dying or dead churches. Why so grim, Alan? That is a good question. It seems that folks are interested in talking about this topic. … read more

Yeehaw! Cowboy Church

By Betsy Hall
I was born and raised in the city. So if you think going to worship at the Nashville Cowboy Church (NCC) might have been a bit of a stretch for me, it was. But once I found a pew … read more

Why Worship Shouldn't Feel Like Family

By John Flowers, Karen Vannoy
A favorite question of judicatory leaders to local church members is: What is the most important thing to you about your church?” Can you guess the most typical answer… read more

Bec Cranford and Church of the Misfits

By Betsy Hall
Bec Cranford is the Volunteer Coordinator at Gateway Center; you can read about her work with the homeless community here. During the second part of the interview Bec talked… read more
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