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When worshipers don't settle down: Adapting to Transients

Increasingly far-flung work and lifestyle opportunities are producing many Americans who not only do not have deep roots in any community, but may never grow them. However many still desire a church relationship. Congregations need to take that reality into consideration, says the Rev. Cynthia D. Weems in an article written for Faith & Leadership, an online offering of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity School. Congregations need to explore new models for church communities that recognize that the long-settled parishioner is rapidly disappearing. Read her reflection, discuss her three observations with your planning team, and explore the related material for additional perspective.



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