Cultivating Community

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.

[Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly church activities, Cultivating Community, published on Thursdays] It’s summertime, when the bicycle is the preferred seasonal mode of transportation. But getting on a bike this summer means a lot more than a day of fun with the wind in your face. If more Americans [...]

You’ve seen those “Adopt-a-Highway” signs on the side of the road. Your church’s name can be on one of them! Here’s how.

Don’t throw it out! Collect old books with a church-sponsored book donation day and save them from the landfill and put them into the hands of people who need them most.

Inside Flourish

June 18, 2010

The pursuit of happiness: The Spring issue of Flourish magazine features Jonathan Merritt, Matthew Sleeth, Steven Garber and others exploring what about stewardship makes us truly happy.

A butterfly garden is one of the easiest gardens to start and keep up–and one of the most rewarding!