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.
- The Bright Promise of Alternative Faith Communities by Ann A. Michel
- “PCUSA faith community takes flight, celebrating Appalachian music and culture.” Faith and Leadership. May 15, 2018.
- Networks and Third Places are Today’s Mission Field by Ken Carter and Audrey Warren
- The Possibilities of Fresh Expressions, a Leading Ideas Talks podcast episode featuring Ken Carter and Audrey Warren
Tim 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 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.