John McKnight: Low-income communities are not needy — they have assets

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This interview comes to us from Duke Divinity School’s blog Faith & Leadership, an offering of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity.  Read some more interviews with folks pursuing community development along these lines in our recent Community Development Forum. People who want to help low-income communities should see them as “half-full glasses” — places with [Read More...]

Next steps and resources for church leaders

We’re returning to our occasional series of posts on work and vocation (linked at the bottom of this post) in Christian history by Faith and Work Channel senior editor and Christian History magazine senior editor Chris Armstrong. Enjoy! A first step for a pastor or lay leader who wants to lead their people in a [Read More...]

Let’s get practical: faith-at-work pointers for pastors and lay leaders

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We’re returning to our occasional series of posts on work and vocation (linked at the bottom of this post) in Christian history by Faith and Work Channel senior editor and Christian History magazine senior editor Chris Armstrong. Enjoy! Will Messenger, executive editor of the Theology of Work Project, admits that many pastors will never be [Read More...]

Best Practices for Peace in 2015: Fight For Peace

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This post is part of a Patheos Public Square on best practices for peace.  Though Rev. Hall speaks mainly of church relationships here, think about how her advice extends into your own workplace. By L. Elaine Hall Many Christian communities are terrible at navigating disagreement and difference. In the name of peace, we have become chronic conflict-avoiders. [Read More...]

Why we give

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By Mike Coyner. This post originally appeared as part of a stewardship emphasis on the “Indiana United Methodists” website; Coyner is the Bishop of the Indiana Area in the United Methodist Church. This is the season of stewardship and pledge drives and other financial efforts in many of our churches and institutions. Every day it [Read More...]

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FORUM: Equipping the local church

The Patheos Faith and Work Channel recently contacted leaders of some prominent community development and entrepreneurial organizations to talk about  successes and difficulties in their attempts to transform communities through the growth of new businesses and attention to the dignity of work. Over the next few days, just in time for Thanksgiving, MISSION:WORK will be [Read More...]


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