Cultivating Fruitful Conversation

Developing fresh vision and practices for being church in the 21st Century will often involve cultivating a new way of talking together. Like a garden, the distinctive nature and manner of the church's conversation must first be desired and planned for. It doesn't just happen. Then it is sown into all occasions when the church gathers – for worship, learning, and decision‐making. Then it is tended to and pruned so that it grows and flourishes. And as a result, the fruits of love, joy, and peace will be harvested in the life of the gathered people.

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