Love God, Love Your Neighbor

by Edie Gross. Faith & Leadership, December 21, 2009 .

This article describes the story of Calvary Baptist Church in D.C., which implemented new ministries and partnerships to rise from decline.


a case study of renewal and refocus

Best For

clergy and lay leaders



Suggested Uses

  • Revitalize your church mission and community impact through new ministries and local partnerships.
  • Initiate a conversation about congregational change after reading this article with clergy and lay leaders.

About the Contributor

Melissa Spas

Melissa Spas is the managing director of the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving, where she develops and leads educational programs and partnerships with religious organizations and the people who lead them. She has also worked for leadership education at Duke Divinity, where she contributed to the development, design, and delivery of strategic leadership programs and resources for Christian institutions. 

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