Death and Resurrection of an Urban Church

by Robert King. Faith & Leadership, March 24, 2015.


This article details the story of an urban congregation in Indianapolis and how it adapted an asset-based approach that focused on the community needs.


case study of Broadway United Methodist Church, reflection questions

Recommended Audience

Clergy and lay leaders



Practical Applications

  • Take the first steps toward developing a community-based ministry by discussing the reflection questions with clergy and lay leaders.
  • Be inspired by the story of an urban congregation's renewal by reading this article.

About the Contributor

Matt Burke

Matt Burke is the director of the Northeast Center for Congregations in Fort Wayne and serves as the Center’s Education Director statewide. Matt has a background in classroom, digital and experiential education and most recently served as the associate director of Learning Science at Kaplan Test Prep. He is passionate about using education to develop deeper faith in congregational participants.

Matt earned a B.A. in Religion from Mount Vernon Nazarene University and a Masters of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Kelly, and his two sons, Silas and Levi. Matt also loves storytelling in films, books and music and finding the intersections of faith and popular culture.

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