Cultivating Community

Psst. Here’s a secret: Recycling paper is worthless if we don’t use recycled paper.

Changing light bulbs might be one of the easiest ways to conserve energy, but there’s a pretty demanding motivation behind it…

A “green” facility is a great witness to the world of your church’s commitment to following every aspect of God’s will. Here’s how to “green” your church building from top to bottom.

An energy audit so simple the church youth group can do it and a series of minor changes to your church’s facilities are all it takes to lower energy costs and environmental destruction.

Recycling is a measure of good stewardship, a good witness, and a wise use of resources. So why don’t more churches do it? Learn how your church can start.

We all know that taking traditionally indoor activities into nature can be better in theory than in actuality. September is a great month for getting outside, but no one likes to be struck on the head by a falling chestnut mid-Scripture reading. So here are some suggestions for taking your weekly worship outdoors in a way that will simultaneously glorify the Creator and allow everyone to fully enjoy his creation:

[Ed. note: This article is part of our weekly series of church activities, called Cultivating Community, published on Thursdays.] Pakistan had already had a difficult summer by the time record amounts of monsoon rainfall deluged its several of its provinces and led to the humanitarian crisis currently debilitating the country. Pakistan’s government and military were [...]

You get a new one every two years, but what good is an old cell phone in the junk yard? Here’s how your church can turn old electronics into new hope.

Churches are kind of like front porches–except that hardly anyone ever bikes to them. Here’s an easy way to change that.

Nature Observation Walk

August 12, 2010

A nature observation walk with a group of friends gives us fresh air, fellowship, exercise, and a chance to sharpen our observation skills. It can deepen friendships by getting us out of our usual routines, and bring us closer to God. With this activity, you’ll look a little more closely at your surroundings and have a deeper experience of creation. It can be a short walk in a city park or an all-day event further afield.

“Your church’s members have probably helped build a house for a deserving family. Now they can help build something much larger.”

You might not be asking your neighbors for a cup of sugar these days, but there’s a simple way to build community and counter materialism by swapping skills and items through your church.

The cloth bags your church members will be carrying around town will do more than just keep plastic bags out of sea turtles’ stomachs. They’ll also let others know about your church community and the One it serves.

The rain barrel is no longer a slimy swamp of mosquito larvae. In fact, it can save your church lots of money and the world lots of water. Here’s how to get water conservation started at your church with a rain barrel.