A barbershop births a church of drug users, ex-cons, and homeless folks
Others have given up on them, but not God.
Three things to know before starting a church
New churches and the people supporting them need to understand the commitment they're making.
Varieties of new churches
Two churches in my town offer a contrast in style, substance, and mission. We both love Jesus and long to love our neighbors.
The grace of small things
New church communities have sprung up across the nation. They differ in many ways, but most have one thing in common: their small size.
Leading like Lydia
Do women plant churches differently than men? Do they use different methods or a different style?
Harvest in due time
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.
Missteps in church planting
As I sat in a circle of church planters discussing ministry, a stream of confession emerged: "I've made a lot of mistakes."
Church with a clean slate
"Co-creating is a lot of fun," says Jenn DiFrancesco. She and her Slate Project colleagues don’t show the same sort of weariness church planters often display a couple years in.
Going smaller and deeper
When Jeff Richards paints a picture of church in downtown Sacramento, the church doesn't tower over the other buildings. It inhabits them.
The afterlife of a church
A few weeks ago, I was feeling nostalgic. It was the fifth anniversary of my family’s pilgrimage from Southern California to suburban Chicago for my interview weekend at First Congregational Church of Western Springs. It feels odd to call it that, though; it wasn't so much an interview as a time of holy conversation, prayer, worship, laughter, feasting, and fellowship. The terms of my call were unofficially worked out at a kitchen table while the Super Bowl droned on in the other room.
Shut up and learn
Under Ruben Duran's leadership, the ELCA has started an array of worshiping communities in homes and bars and on the streets and in train stations.
When doing church differently means doing it the same
When I, along with a friend and colleague, started planting a new church in Chicago about five years ago, we had lots of ideas about how to do church, but one thing was certain: we wanted to do church differently. Lots of church planters have the same mission.
We told other existing churches that we weren’t in competition with them—we wanted to attract people who, for whatever reason, would never set foot in a narthex. In other words, we didn’t want our church to be too. . . . churchy.
New soil, new planters
While many churches are at the end of their lifespans, others need to take root. And we need people fresh out of seminary to start them.
Some church planters refer to denominations as "widget factories." A big cultural commute exists between fledgling communities and church hierarchies.
Cameron Trimble and the Center for Progressive Renewal
Rev. Derrick Weston has an inspiring and energizing conversation with Rev. Cameron Trimble about the future of renewal in the church.
This will be the fourth year of UNCO. We’ve gone from a small handful of people who really wanted to meet one another after interacting on Twitter to meeting on two coasts, conconting dreams and implementing creative projects. If you are interested in working toward the future of the church with action that moves beyond hand-wringing and an institutional nostalgia, then by all means, go to UNCO. You’ll find kindred souls there.
New clergy, new churches: Church planting as a first call
Emily Scott had an idea: what if young adults got together for a weekly agape feast? Soon St. Lydia’s was born--but Scott was not ordained.
Planning for a vital future
Why are we losing congregations? There are many factors. If
I’m painting with a broad brush, I’d say that it is because we are largely rural, white and older. What can we do to ensure a vital future? Focus on urban