Christian Science practitioners Mark Swinney and Christie Hanzlik offer some helpful prayers with regards to tithing and a deeper sense of financially contributing to Christian Science branch churches.
Your questions—your Church community’s answers. Each week, we’ll feature a new question from the Field, with responses from two experienced spiritual thinkers to kick off the discussion. Next, it’s your turn to help bring new insights, ideas, and solutions to light by posting a comment or participating in our discussion forums.
Practitioners and Teachers Fenella Bennetts, Elise Moore, and Lorenzo Rodriguez offer inspired thoughts for a branch church praying about the decision to remain a church or become a society.
Week 91: I am a member of a small branch church that appears to be in decline. We have had no Sunday school for almost 7 years. There are few members and not enough people to do the work. I am in poor health and am not able to attend on regular basis or participate activities. This has caused me a great deal of guilt. I love my branch church and want to participate. I pray for the church, but that seems all I can do at this time. The membership does not seem to understand this, and I often feel alone as a result, which only adds to the guilt. How can I feel inspired about church again?"
Responses by Mark Swinney and Christie Hanzlik
Responses by Dawn-Marie Cornett and Robert Gilbert
Church Alive's Bill Warrick responds to a question about church growth for time4thinkers.com.
Sandy Sandberg and Susan Jostyn explore the utility of online resources and online church services, and the continuing value of local branch churches.
Responses by Mark Swinney, Dawn Marie Cornett, Ute Keller, Evan Mehlenbacher, Lynne Buckley-Quirk, and Wendy Winegar
Responses by Kevin Graunke and Marian English offer healing ideas for a difficult church situation.
Mike Davis, researcher at the Mary Baker Eddy Library, and Christian Science practitioner and teacher Susan Mack offer a historical perspective and inspired ideas on how they have thought about the church solo.
Christian Science practitioners and teachers Stormy Falso and Tim Mitchinson share helpful ideas on how to more openly share Christian Science with our communities.