In keeping with Christ & Cascadia’s mission to celebrate innovative faith praxis, we invite you to follow real congregations as they learn to become more responsive to their communities, and more resilient as a result.
In this video, Christ & Cascadia Editor and Resilient Congregations Coach Forrest Inslee talks with the pastors of four churches in the Cascadia region at the start of their journey in the Resilient Congregations program. The Resilient Congregations program teaches congregational teams the skills of ethnography (which we also call deep listening), as well as design-thinking in 4 stages:
- Listening to your congregation’s stories to understand your identity
- Listening to the wider community to understand (not assume or guess at) community needs and opportunities
- Designing a program with the community to meet the real needs in ways that fit with the congregation’s identity
- Implementing the program with seed-money provided by The Center for Transforming Engagement
We’ll be following these four congregations this year as they move through the 4 stages to learn how to better serve their rapidly changing communities—so be on the lookout for future video updates!