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Fishing Differently Seminar - Fourth Episcopal District Christian Ed and Thriving in Ministry Initiative
The COVID-19 Pandemic has radically altered so many aspects of our normal lives. Terms like “social distancing” and “stay home, stay safe” have become normalized even within the African Methodist Episcopal Church. In Fishing Differently: Ministry Formation in the Marketplace, congregational leaders are challenged to wrestle with the immediate needs of the ordinary people in their congregation and community, while striving to preserve and communicate the liturgical traditions of the past; i.e. the paradox of restoration. If this paradox is not resolved, then these congregations are likely to experience an accelerated decline in attendance and giving. Instead of vibrant communities of faith, these churches will become empty tombs. Fishing differently requires a collaborative investment of faith, intellectual, social, and human capital, not just finding different ways to ask the same people for more money.
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