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September 8, 2021 43 min

 #003 - Have you every found yourself disillusioned with the church, and wanting to throw in the towel?  Well, my guest today has been there and knows that struggle.  Jessica Ketola, is both pastor of the Practising Church in Shoreline, Washington, and a Parish Guide for the Parish Collective (Seattle) where she serves on the instructional team for learning communities that are reimagining missional innovation and church revitalization at the neighbourhood level.

Topics Discussed in this episode:

Jessica cares deeply about the church (and God even more so), and because of that has let God lead her on a journey of exploring what it means to truly follow Jesus, and to reimagine holistic ways of embodying the gospel that is actually good news to her neighbours. In this episode  Jessica shares her journey and that of her church, of what it has meant to work for the good of their neighbourhood and what it takes to make transformational communities.

During the podcast Jessica explains:

  • How a fresh vision for 'church' developed and her involvement with the Parish Collective
  • The importance of learning to listen, serve, and only then be invited in as the church, by the community
  • Practical examples of love in action in the neighbourhood
  • Why the church made the move to a 'home' and the iterations they have explored together in community
  • How we can individually bring our unique giftings to community and to loving our neighbour
  • A vision for what community transformation can look like
  • [*Please see audio player for chapter markers and time stamps*]

    For full show notes and/or If you'd like to learn more about bridging the gap between church and community, head to:

    http://www.in2neighbourhoods.com/thepractisingchurch

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