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Worshiping Communities

United with Christ — and thus with God

In the latest episode of Everyday God-talk, the host, the Rev. Dr. Barry Ensign-George, uses one of the key books of the Reformed tradition to explore how God’s work of healing in a broken world takes hold in our life.

There’s no secret sauce for cooking up Spirit-inspired worship

Four Presbyterians took a crack Wednesday at defining what Spirit-inspired worship looks and feels like during a Vital Conversations webinar hosted by 1001 New Worshiping Communities and the Office of Vital Congregations. Watch the webinar here.

Maintaining an outward focus

As the Vital Conversations series moved toward one of the most important marks of Vital Congregations — keeping the focus outward rather than inward — organizers landed four speakers for Wednesday’s session uniquely qualified to offer up their experiences and share their views.

‘I remembered what it was like to let my spirit breathe’

Thanks to Sabbath and Sabbatical Grants from 1001 New Worshiping Communities, 35 leaders in the new church movement began taking sabbaticals earlier this summer. The response for these grants — all available grants were awarded — was tremendous. Now, some of the leaders are returning from their week- or month-long break to their pastoral work.

Among the most vital of conversations

Based on the new commandment Jesus gave in John 13:34, where he instructed his disciples “to love one another, just as I have loved you,” four church leaders were asked how that passage applied to vital congregations — and how this kind of love has been demonstrated or even changed during the pandemic.