Accidental Tourist

by Rob Weber
“Tourists” from outside the church exist in the balconies of our sanctuaries and in the balconies of our daily lives, watching in various ways and for various… read more

A Sense of Place

by Thomas E. Frank
The mission challenge for our churches is to help us become inhabitants. Planted in a place, congregations can put down deep roots. On Thursday evening, June 21, 1781, Francis… read more

See With New Eyes

by Cynthia l. Brown
When people see me for the first time, what do you think they see? What did you see when you saw my picture? The valedictorian of her high school class? A summa cum laude… read more

Let the Children Come

by William H. Willimon
One day Jesus was teaching, everyone gathered round, attempting to pay attention (Mk. 10:13-16). Nearby, a couple of children scuffled in the dust. “Can’t something… read more

Who is My Neighbor? Demographic Tools for Your Community

by Jessica Miller Kelley
How much do you know about the neighborhood surrounding your church? If you are newly appointed, or the demographics of the area have recently shifted, it’s possible your… read more

How a 200-Year-Old, Declining, County Seat Church Got Its Groove Back

by Martin Thielen
“This is a different church,” exclaimed Randy after the early worship service. “I barely recognize the place!” Randy, a former member of our congregation… read more
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