Divergent Church: The Bright Promise of Alternative Faith Communities

by Tim Shapiro, Kara Faris. Abingdon Press, 2017.

This resource explores the unique characteristics of divergent churches, examining the how and where they meet, what brings them together, and how their primary concerns shape the practices of the congregation.


discussion questions at the end of each chapter, divergent churches and what brings participants together

Best For

clergy and lay leaders


purchase as a book or e-book

Suggested Uses

  • Expand your idea of what defines a church by learning more about divergent churches and the variety of concerns that brings their congregation together.

About the Contributor

Tim Shapiro

Tim is president of the Indianapolis Center for Congregations – of which the CRG is a program. He began serving the Center in 2003 after 18 years in pastoral ministry. 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 Learns.

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