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What does it mean to love our cities? What tools does it take to practice this? What does a church’s unique makeup of people and location mean for loving its place? Are certain types of city engagement more strategic for a particular church? And where do we see examples of churches loving their cities well?

In our next webinar, Josh Yates and Amy Sherman, along with host Matt Rusten, examine a paradigm to understand the complexity of our cities, and holistic approaches to serve our communities that involve both the church as an institution and as the scattered people of God who work in different parts of the city. We will also look at positive examples of church engagement, and discuss practical steps your church can take to grow in its thoughtfulness and effectiveness in loving your city well.

About our guests:

Josh Yates is executive director of the Ormond Center for Thriving Congregations and Communities at Duke Divinity School and founder and CEO of the national nonprofit, Thriving Cities Group. Trained as a cultural sociologist, Yates weaves together two decades of academic research and socially-based practice in an ongoing quest to ask and answer the question: What does it mean and take for communities to thrive in the contemporary world?

Amy L. Sherman directs Sagamore Institute’s Center on Faith in Communities (CFIC). The author of six books and over 80 articles and essays, Sherman is also the author of various resource guides for community development practitioners, including The Charitable Choice Handbook for Ministry Leaders, The ABCS of Community Ministry: A Curriculum for Congregations, and Establishing a Church-based, Welfare-to-Work Mentoring Ministry: A Practical “How-to” Guide.

May 13, 2021 10:00 AM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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