Living into Community: Cultivating Practices That Sustain Us

by Christine D. Pohl. Wm. B Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2012.


This book examines the four practices that shape community experience, and details situations where such practices can become unhealthy for a congregation.


discussion and reflection questions, four practices that shape the community experience

Recommended Audience

adult education classes, congregational boar


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Practical Applications

  • Use this as the assigned reading before a congregational board retreat to discuss ways to strengthen the community using the four practices detailed in the book.
  • Choose one of the four practices to implement within your congregation and assess its impact after a pre-determined time period.

About the Contributor

Tim Shapiro

Tim Shapiro is the Indianapolis Center’s president. He began serving the Center in 2003 after 18 years in pastoral ministry. For 14 years, Tim served Westminster Presbyterian Church in Xenia, Ohio. Prior to his pastorate at Westminster, he was pastor of Bethlehem Presbyterian Church in Logansport, Indiana. He holds degrees from Purdue University and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Tim’s interest in how congregations learn to do new things is represented in his book How Your Congregation LearnsAfter his extensive work on the Center’s Sacred Space initiative, Tim co-authored the book Holy Places: Matching Sacred Space with Mission and MessageHe has also authored several articles, including Applying Positive Deviance and The Congregation of Theological Coherence.

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