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Church—Universal and triumphant

An angel message brings clarity about church work. 

As part of creating their new By-Laws, Third Church, Grand Rapids developed a mission statement. Watch and listen as one member shares the inspiration behind their mission statement and how having a mission statement has helped their church activities. more

When Third Church, Grand Rapids set out to create their by-laws, they wanted to capture a sense of love and inclusion— rather than a list of "do nots." In this video, members share the inspiration behind this process. 

Love for one another, love for Christian Science, and love for the community impels Third Church, Grand Rapids. Watch and listen as members reflect on their church experience. more

Responses by Ned Odegaard and Pamela Cook. There may be some practical steps available here, such as taking a fresh look at the job definition of these roles and stripping away excess steps that may have accumulated over the years. . .my instinct is that this question isn’t really one of equity in compensation, but of commitment to Christian Science. 

Responses from Evan Mehlenbacher and Stephanie Johnson. When a branch church is faced with a declining membership and dwindling resources some deep soul-searching about what priorities are important to pursue, what unproductive activities should be stopped, and where attention should be focused to demonstrate growth can be very healthy. But above it all, it’s useful to remember that God provides freely and abundantly every resource needed for that branch to prosper. 

Distinctly democratic

Last February, the metaphysical committee of First Church, Cleveland, began planning an inspirational meeting for our members to explore the significance of our Leader's provision in the Church Manual that each branch church shall be “distinctly democratic” (p. 74).

Responses by Miles Harbur and Susan Mack. From my study of The Manual, I have concluded that Mrs. Eddy’s hope was that each branch church would be keenly alert to the needs of its particular community, and that its bylaws would be designed to meet the needs of the members and the ways in which those members most naturally can communicate and support the democratic processes of their branch church. 

Responses by Josh Niles and Sabrina Stillwell. When we are lifting up Christ in our thought, folks really are drawn to that, and when a church is lifting up Christ-healing in their service, that is really what we are drawn to in church isn't it? 

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