The Welcoming Congregation: Roots and Fruits of Christian Hospitality

by Henry G. Brinton. Westminster John Knox Press, 2012.

This book analyzes the theme of hospitality from multiple aspects, including the author's own research and an exploration of how different faith communities approach hospitality, concluding that congregations receive multiple blessings when they exhibit welcoming traits.


the history behind alternative communities in the Bible, the impact of the shared meal, importance of building relationships, how to make hospitality a part of a congregation's ethos

Best For

clergy and lay leaders of any faith tradition


purchase as a book

Suggested Uses

  • Make hospitality part of your congregational mission by following the tips outlined in the resource.
  • Compare and contrast how your congregation approaches hospitality versus other faith communities.

About the Contributor

Janet Hoover

Janet Hoover is a certified spiritual director in private practice and an American Baptist pastor. She graduated from the University of Indianapolis and earned her MDiv and DMin from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. 

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