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Worshiping Communities

From church conflict to church building

It’s a far cry from 2014 in the Presbytery of Nevada. This past year 12 of its 21 congregations experienced numerical, and spiritual, growth. Just a few year ago, churches were leaving the presbytery and the remaining congregations were resistant to paying per capita.

A church for the wounded and vulnerable

Full of angst, Chris Romine walked into a new church in Hoboken, New Jersey, which sits directly across the river from Manhattan, New York. In his mid-20s with a well-paying job at a startup logistics firm in Manhattan, he was wondering if this was all there was. Exploring all kinds of faith expressions, including Christianity, he kept coming back to the simple message of Christ’s life.

2018 Walton Award winners announced

Serious JuJu, a 1001 New Worshiping Community for youth and skaters in northwest Montana and Faith Presbyterian Church of the North Georgia Mountains have been named winners of the 2018 Sam and Helen R. Walton Awards.

Four overarching themes come out of new worshiping communities research

After the 2017 “Living, Dying, Rising” conference took place in August in St. Petersburg Beach, Florida, a sociologist from the Presbyterian Mission Agency’s Research Services department conducted informal interviews of participants, most of whom were leaders of new worshiping communities (NWCs).

Special-needs child takes comfort in Communion

He looks me right in the eye, holding his cup in front of him all aquiver. Westley has been waiting — and waiting — for the moment when we all drink the grape juice, the blood of Jesus Christ, together.