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Breathing new life into a failing church

How does a typical struggling, urban Methodist church transform itself into a vibrant, outward-oriented faith community? By looking forward, not back, according to the Rev. Dr. Jim Harnish, who transferred to Hyde Park UMC in Tampa, Florida, in 1992. When he arrived, the church had a clear sense of its past, a foggy sense of its present, and no clue about its future. What followed was an extended visionary conversation about the church’s direction, which resulted in the sense by members of being equipped by their church to minister to others in the name of Christ. To learn more, read the article, "Rebirth of an Urban Church," which tells the story of how the church found its purpose and mission. The article, along with other helpful resources, is located on the website of Faith & Leadership, an online magazine from Leadership Development at Duke Divinity School. Reflection questions are included.



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