Next Steps

Thank you for journeying with us through this blog as we have explored how particular United Church congregations are thriving. As mentioned in my first post, the good news is that there are far more thriving United Churches than we had Sundays to visit. The congregations we visited are only a small sampling of strong and vibrant United Churches.

Over the next few weeks, I will be sifting through my notes and recommended readings to identify patterns and common threads amongst thriving churches. In September, I will be presenting these to Westworth United Church, the congregation I serve in Winnipeg. Together, we will seek God’s guidance as we discern how these visits might inspire us in our future ministry. I anticipate that this collection of insights will make its way into some kind of printed format that will be available to those outside of Westworth. Please contact me through Westworth United Church in the late fall if you are interested in receiving more information.

This will be our last post in this blog. We are grateful to each of the congregations we visited for their inspiration, generous offer of time and willingness to engage in questions and discussions of both celebrative and challenging topics. May we all continue to be open to the Spirit’s guidance as seek to live out God’s grace in our congregations and in our world.


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