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Cathedrals & Ruins…

April 20, 2020

When I wrote this five years ago, I had no idea what sort of changes we would face with outside of the box ways of being the Community of Faith, the Church…

Over the years, there has been much discussion within the church and communities of faith about how to reverse declining membership. In the 1950’s it was almost a “Field of Dreams” sort of thinking when it came to church growth. If you build the building, they will come! And for a decade or so, they did come. Something began to shift though and what had worked in the 1950’s no longer seemed to work as well in the 1980’s and beyond…

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Over the years, there has been much discussion within the church and communities of faith about how to reverse declining membership. In the 1950’s it was almost a “Field of Dreams” sort of thinking when it came to church growth. If you build the building, they will come! And for a decade or so, they did come. Something began to shift though and what had worked in the 1950’s no longer seemed to work as well in the 1980’s and beyond.

When I visited the ruins of Glastonbury Abbey in Somerset, England in 2007, I was moved deeply. And when I look at the picture I took back then which is at the top of this blog, I am reminded of that pilgrimage which I made eight years ago. What touched me deeply in 2008 was the history of what had happened in that place so long ago. During the turbulent period…

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  1. pynkoski2 permalink

    So true. A major shift at The Common Table began with our new director asking “What do you want? What do you need?” It was a direct catalyst to move us from feeding people to building community.

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