It’s time to share something hopeful!
For the past several years a handful of Parish Collective practitioners and scholars have been interviewing hundreds of diverse parish churches and groups across Canada, United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom.
This was an explorative mission to discover whether or not there were common “signs” of the Spirit’s movement that could be found across groups that are growing the fabric of love and care in the neighborhood.
Then, last year Parish Collective convened 40 west coast parish leaders to carefully discern around the same question. This article, Five Hopeful Signs That Dare Us To Be The Church, framed, edited, and refined by Christiana Rice and Tim Soerens (along with the help of many of our organizing team) reflects what was discovered. They are offered here as guideposts to emerging expressions that desire to grow in sustainability and fruitfulness.