Carol Howard Merritt reflects on church reinvention
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Sustainability is certainly a goal for most church plants. But have denominations set up a model that is sustainable for pastors?
The night Rebecca and Luke Sumner met, they discussed church planting. They ended up planting a church together.
Anyone can see the rippling effects of God's kingdom in buildings, movements, and practices. I couldn't comprehend it all without Diana Butler Bass.
The people at Friendship Church make creative use of art. They have also learned to be creative as they form their community and shape their narratives.
James Lee had been commissioned to start an African-American congregation. After reading Acts, his group decided on a multicultural plant instead.
One day, a soup-kitchen guest named what was happening: church, a worshiping community distinct from the larger congregation.
"Why go to the city?" asked one of Bec Cranford-Smith's seminary professors. "There are enough new churches there."
Carol Howard Merritt is a founder of UNCO, an “unconference” for church leaders, author of Tribal Church, and cohost of God Complex Radio. Her blog is hosted by the Century.
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