At lunch, the pastor tells me he has finished reading almost all of Dietrich Bonhoeffer's works. He hasn't read Sanctorum Communio yet, but he just turned the last page of the Christmas Sermons. Beginning in Lent, the council is going to read Life Together.
The congregation made a commitment in 2012 to articulate the values that would guide their decisions about mission giving. "We started working on the list, but then decided we shouldn't continue until we read Life Together," the pastor explained.
This pastor leads a congregation that is sturdy. It isn't likely to be the focus of a church growth study, or make the cover of Time during Holy Week. However, it is a congregation that makes a difference in people's lives. Click here to read the full article in Congregations magazine.