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A quick church quiz for you

In the Jan/Feb Faith Today, we have a great article called “Would our  neighbourhoods notice if we left? The Flourishing Congregations Institute probes what is working in Canadian Congregations.”

The article, by Ambrose professor of sociology, and Flourishing Congregations Institute director Joel Thiessen, starts out with that infamous question: “If your church burned down tomorrow, would the neighbourhood notice?” Thiessen then goes on to unpack some of the Institute’s recent findings in their research into churches whose neighbourhoods would most definitely feel the impact if they were no longer present.  You can (and should!) read the whole article here.

But for right now, why not try to answer these questions that Thiessen ends his article with. They are to get you thinking and moving in the right direction, both congregational and personally:

  1. Would your neighbourhood notice if your church were no longer there, or if you relocated from the neighbourhood where you personally reside?
  2. How would you know?
  3. What are the markers?
  4. Are you satisfied in this area of your congregational or personal life?
  5. How might you strengthen your church’s presence in your neighbourhood or your personal involvement?

Would you like to hold this article in your hands and really think about things? You can request a free trial subscription, and ask to begin with the current Jan/Feb issue. Why not give Faith Today a try?