Tag Archives: The Flourishing Congregations Institute

Curious, comfortable or committed

Adult learning at different stages of participation in a church

John Pentland describes three circles of belonging in a church. The people who are the curious, the comfortable, and the committed. What does it mean to be a disciple in these three circles of belonging? The Greek word for disciple is mathetes which means a learner. To be a disciple is to be a learner. So, what does a learner look like in these three circles?

Faith Communities with Nothing to Lose

A church on the verge of closing its doors brings in a new leader. With nothing to lose, this leader and its congregation thinks imaginatively and innovatively to become a church that thrives rather than merely survives. Liturgy. Music. Organizational structure. Refugees. Education. Homelessness. Contemplative Prayer. Theatre.