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

Best For

adult education classes, congregational board


purchase as a book or e-book

Suggested Uses

  • 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 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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