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Video: Formerly Homeless Men Cook Thanksgiving Meal

At All Saints Episcopal Church in Atlanta, a group of formerly homeless men prepare a Thanksgiving meal for about three hundred people. The are part of Covenant Community, a residential program to stabilize the lives of men dealing with addiction. They live, take classes, and study together. Every year at Thanksgiving, they give back.

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15 NOVEMBER 2018

Recruit a “Roving Listener”

Broadway United Methodist Church in Indianapolis offers one example of how to conduct interviews in the neighborhood. The church hired a “roving listener” to wander through the neighborhood and spend time with people he encountered. This person focused not on neighbors’ needs but on their gifts, passions, and hopes for the community. The interviewer asked […]

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31 OCTOBER 2018

Why Americans Need Congregations

We can’t survive without community, though Americans often think otherwise. As Robert Bellah has observed, American individualism—that image of the lone individual seeking self-gratification—powerfully shapes how we experience ourselves. Individualism lies at the very core of American culture. . . . We believe in the dignity, indeed the sacredness, of the individual. Anything that would […]

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24 OCTOBER 2018

The Importance of Skills Training

Skills training can make a real difference in people’s lives. Examples include job counseling for returning military vets, tutoring for school children in economically challenged communities, mentoring for gang members, but also financial counseling, English as a Second Language (ESL), and substance abuse rehabilitation. Such personal development ministries take time, but may have a more […]

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11 OCTOBER 2018

Six Ways to Engage the Community

Congregations can play a role in building stronger communities. Here are six options, drawn from the National Congregations Study (NCS), a nationwide survey conducted every ten years since 1998. The NCS provides data on congregation’s activities, including engagement in the community. The researchers developed six broad categories of community engagement for this survey. Congregations can […]

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3 OCTOBER 2018

Thank Volunteers Early and Often

Leaders provide encouragement when they recruit volunteers well, place them carefully, and evaluate their performance in a healthy way. In addition to this, leaders can and should formally recognize the volunteer’s contribution.  Betty Stallings, a recognition expert, describes the Four P’s of recognition: making it personal, plentiful, powerful, and practical. Personal. Making it personal means […]

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26 SEPTEMBER 2018

How to Supervise Volunteers

At its most basic, supervising volunteers means supporting their work in order to sustain their activity over time. The apostle Paul calls on leaders “to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for the building up of the body of Christ” (Eph. 4:12), which indicates that as we prepare others (equipping), we make them […]

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