Nicholas Tangen

Institutional Kenosis

By Nicholas Tangen July 14, 2022

Last month, I wrote about how nonprofit culture has impacted the ways that churches practicing..

Prioritizing Relationships over Issues

By Nicholas Tangen May 19, 2022

In my work with congregations in the Minneapolis Area Synod, I’ve been trying to encourage faith..

Doing Justice in Our Own Neighborhoods

By Nicholas Tangen April 27, 2022

In our baptism we are entrusted with a vocational call that includes the proclamation of the Good..

Healthy Conflict in Church Communities

By Nicholas Tangen March 22, 2022

I grew up in a culture where conflict was seen as toxic and hazardous. I learned, through..

Asset Mapping in Your Neighborhood

By Nicholas Tangen February 10, 2022

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, faith communities have been confronted by an age-old question: “Would..

Oral History as a Congregational Practice

By Nicholas Tangen January 25, 2022

Oral history is the practice of recording and transcribing stories told by the people who have..

The Role of Prayer in Our Work toward Justice and Community

By Nicholas Tangen December 16, 2021

I have been so encouraged by the many faith communities seeking new and meaningful ways to be in..

Asset-Based Ministry

By Nicholas Tangen November 30, 2021

It seems like every time I read the paper or scroll through the news on my phone, there’s another..

Shifting from Goal-Setting to Systems Work

By Nicholas Tangen October 28, 2021

When I first started working as a community engagement coordinator in a congregation, I brought..


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