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..

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..

Building Community with One-to-Ones

By Nicholas Tangen September 21, 2021

For many of us, the COVID-19 pandemic was a powerful reminder of the basic human need for..

Congregations as Communities of Practice

By Nicholas Tangen August 19, 2021

When I first began my work as a community engagement coordinator at a congregation in the Twin..

Let's Talk about Race: How Do We Frame Our Church Chats?

By Michelle Townsend de Lopez June 16, 2021

Siblings in Christ, it’s time for some Sacred Conversations together. Our context and the effects..

Taking the First Steps toward Becoming an Anti-Racist Congregation

I am the pastor of Faith Lutheran Church in Becker, Minnesota. Becker is a small community of..

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