"Progressive Christians do a good job with issues like LGBT rights," says Dennis Sanders of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Minneapolis. "But we're less good at helping people become disciples of Jesus."
The Plymouth Needlers have finished their work: four giant embroideries, each made to a design by legendary illustrator Pauline Baynes.
Mercy Seat spends about $27,000 a year on the arts—a quarter of its annual budget. At those rates, the church is one of the better-paying gigs in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.