Episode 14: “Divergent Church” featuring Tim Shapiro and Kara Faris

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Episode 14: “Divergent Church” featuring Tim Shapiro and Kara Faris

 
 
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Does your church have the “church plus” factor? Listen as Lewis Center Director Doug Powe speaks with Tim Shapiro and Kara Faris about their book Divergent Church. They examine innovative, alternative faith communities that combine religious practice with a “church plus” factor — a dedicated focus on some unique aspect of their church’s cultural DNA like gardening, table fellowship, artistic expression, and more.


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Tim ShapiroTim Shapiro is a minister of the Presbyterian Church (USA) who has served churches in Ohio and Indiana. He currently serves as President of the Indianapolis Center for Congregations. He is coauthor (with Kara Faris) of Divergent Church: The Bright Promise of Alternative Faith Communities, available at Cokesbury and Amazon.

Kara FerisKara Faris is resource grants director for the Indianapolis Center for Congregations where she also works as a resource consultant to congregations. Previously, Kara served as associate pastor of First Friends Meeting of Indianapolis. She is coauthor (with Tim Shapiro) of Divergent Church: The Bright Promise of Alternative Faith Communities, available at Cokesbury and Amazon.


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Ann A. Michel is associate director of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary and teaches in the areas of stewardship and leadership. She is also the author of Synergy: A Leadership Guide for Church Staff and Volunteers (Abingdon, 2017), available at Cokesbury and Amazon.