South Park – North Park – Golden Hill

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Rebranded ELCA church is a place of welcome

In a changing Brooklyn neighborhood, the Park Church Co-op is re-connecting with its missional roots, seeking to be a spiritual bridge to people who typically wouldn't enter a Christian church.

In his new book, "Stakes Is High," an AME pastor writes about issues of justice, race and hope. In this interview, he also talks about why he thinks hip-hop can help revitalize the church.

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The chilly relationship between mainline Protestantism and the popular marketplace has become a stable feature of the former's self-understanding, writes an assistant professor of church history.

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Leaders often find themselves targets of critique from those in the "cheap seats." The best response is to show the kind of love that beckons the critics to self-examination, confession and repentance, writes a managing director at Leadership Education at Duke Divinity.

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Many rural communities face decline. The church has a unique ability to stand in the hard realities and still preach hope, writes a rural pastor.

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A pastor re-envisions his primary vocation not as a preacher, teacher, healer or administrator but as a host, a "convener." It wasn't what seminary prepared him for, but it's a high and holy calling.

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