Inter-Congregational Cooperation: Expanding Parishioners' Views of Ministry
Reschke, Kenneth D.
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In the strictest sense of the word, there is only one true Christian Church which includes every single person who has been bought by the blood of Christ. In common usage, however, there are countless churches, each separate and divided from the others in visible congregations. How can we as pastors of visible congregations help our congregation members recognize the Universal Church, and broaden their view of ministry with specific application to inter-congregational awareness and cooperation? To find some answers to this question, this thesis will look at commonly practiced forms of inter-congregational cooperation. But it is equally important to know how to use those tools. Parts two and three will see how two different areas implemented ideas of cooperation in different ways. These examples will show the need to create a culture where everyone is on the same side and working towards the same goal. One of the most effective ways of doing this is to engage the members in working together at a shared task that will benefit all of the congregations.