Stories of Renewal: Opening New Doors
In the beginning of 2017, the Saint Paul Area Synod distributed 11 micro-grants to congregations wishing [...]
by Vernita Kennen
In response to our learnings during the San Francisco ELCA World Hunger Leaders Gathering in January, we took a walk in our own congregation’s neighborhood here in Minnesota. Our respective walks in San Francisco, although more urban than our own congregation, have made us look with new eyes at our church neighborhood and community. (We found more schools and senior living options than we had really seen before!) Here are some questions for you to consider as you walk and/or drive through the neighborhood surrounding your congregation:
An assessment like this could lead to possible change in your congregation’s programming and outreach. If that is to happen, who are the people in the congregation who might make that happen? How many people does it take to make change? There are many things to consider – and many possibilities for growth, change, and new ways to minister to God’s children right in your neighborhood.