The descending ladder

An interview with Gordon Cosby

After serving as a chaplain in World War II, Gordon Cosby wanted to create a church that helped people truly become disciples of Christ. Since the 1940s, the Church of the Savior in Washington, D.C., has called people to spiritual discipline and to social mission. Though never large in numbers, the church has had a large ecumenical impact because of its emphasis on small groups, personal accountability and the ministry of the laity. Over the years the church has spun off dozens of outreach ministries and a network of house churches. Cosby officially retired as pastor in December 2008 at age 91, but his ministry continues.

How did your experience in World War II change your idea of ministry?


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