The New Parish: How Neighborhood Churches are Transforming Mission, Discipleship and Community

by Paul Sparks, Tim Soerens, and others. InterVarsity Press, 2014.


This resource identifies the church as a solution to cultural individualism, arguing that congregations which focus outwards can play a larger role in the community.


building relationships, success stories of local congregations, overcoming individualism

Recommended Audience

Clergy and lay leaders


Purchase as a book or e-book

Practical Applications

  • Establish your congregation's role within the community by building relationships and partnering with local organizations.
  • Change your approach to ministry by focusing on the neighborhood and what its people need from the local church.

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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