Death and Resurrection of an Urban Church

by Robert King. Faith & Leadership, March 24, 2015. Accessed April 14, 2017.

For a number of years, urban congregations have struggled to understand how to serve their local neighborhoods. Broadway United Methodist Church in Indianapolis has embraced this issue by letting go of traditional models of community support in favor of an asset-based approach that listens to the community and creates connections and support among community members. This article tells the story of this change by tracing the recent history of this congregation, its impact on the community, and the theoretical underpinnings that guide their journey. Congregations desiring to develop community-based ministry in an urban context will benefit not only from the story, but also from the resources and thought-provoking reflection questions in this article. Even though the story is centered on a Christian congregation, congregations of any faith background who desire to reach their neighborhoods will benefit from Broadway’s story.