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The Coffeehouse Church: Blending Tradition and Innovation

One of the great challenges contemporary clergy face is how to lead during dramatic cultural transformation; how to honor tradition while creating innovative ways of being the church of Jesus Christ. A confluence of factors led 100-year-old Alamo Heights United Methodist Church in San Antonio to spawn an unexpected offspring: a church with no formal membership and no sanctuary. In fact, the offspring, called Riverside, meets in a coffeehouse. More theologically, the gathering place is a shephelah, a meeting ground for people of diverse faith commitments that is influencing its community for Christ. An article written by Lynn Gosnell for Faith & Leadership, an online offering of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity School, explores the the United Methodist Church’s coffeehouse ministry, and the accompanying questions offer discussion-starters for leadership teams interested in starting a conversation about ministry outside of the traditional church structure.




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The Idea of Tradition in the Late Modern World: An Ecumenical and Interreligious Conversation. A Confer

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