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Video & Podcast
By Dave Harder
How can your church building be an asset rather than a liability? Dave Harder says we must interrogate the dominant narrative that says church is what happens in the building for a few hours on a Sunday and let a new narrative emerge — one that focuses on God’s hopes and dreams for the neighborhood.
How can innovation help congregations reach new and younger people? Lewis Center Director F. Douglas Powe Jr. interviews Mikka McCracken about innovation, building relationships, and creating person-focused ministries so more people know the way of Jesus and discover community, justice, and love.
How can rural churches break free from false narratives and unrealistic metrics? Allen Stanton lays out a new vision for healthy rural congregations as valued stakeholders and potent agents of change within their communities.
Read an introductory interview here; listen to that interview here; watch it here.
Reimagining Our Common Ground for the Collective Good
The church - every church - faces new challenges, imagining what church looks like moving forward from 2020. The Courageous Church Online Summit, dives into leading questions on vision, identity, leadership, and hope, hearing from leading voices and provocative thought leaders on the next best steps for a vital progressive faith movement.
Let people know who you are, engage in civic discourse, and identify as networked within your community: get inspired by leaders from Alexandria, MN here.
Church Anew's 3-Session Interview Series with Rev. Ingrid Rasmussen, Lead Pastor at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, South Minneapolis (a key center for community care during protests) interviewed by Dr. Deanna Thompson, St Olaf College's Lutheran Center for Faith, Values, and Community. View Now
Curricula, Webinars, & Trainings
CONVERGENCE offers numerous leadership and community development webinars on-demand or in a cohort:
The ELCA's Growing Younger page includes stories, resources, and tools to assist you and your congregation in connecting with new people so that our world may experience the difference God’s grace and love in Christ makes for all people and creation; including:
Download The 6 Core Commitments of Churches Growing Younger pdf here.
Register for the ELCA Growing Younger Train the Trainer Event here.
Simply Christian addresses the question of the reasonableness of the Christian faith in the modern world.
Materials are available as a complete study package or individually.