Gospel ventures

Learning from new forms of church

Mainline to the Future: Congregations for the 21st Century, by Jackson W. Carroll
Transforming the Mainline Church: Lessons in Change from Pittsburgh’s Cathedral of Hope, by Robert A. Chestnut

The other day, on a crowded subway, I glimpsed an ad featuring an attractive, curly-haired young woman. She was leaning over the back of a chair and laughing in a quietly pleased sort of way. I wondered what she was advertising. Furniture? Clothing? Miracle shampoo? At the next stop, as passengers stepped off the train, I leaned over to see what the photo urged us to buy. No, it wasn’t shampoo. It was church. “Vineyard Christian Fellowship. Going to church was never this much fun.”


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