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The Art of Shaping Community: Discerning God’s Mission in North America

May 22, 2014 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Churchnet is delighted to share this recording of a very special webinar entitled “The Art of Shaping Community: Discerning God’s Mission in North America.” The webinar was led by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove. Jonathan was the keynote speaker at the Friday evening worship during our Annual Gathering in April 2014. We were delighted he was available to lead a webinar for us. Check out Jonathan’s bio below. The webinar was FREE and was 1 1/2 hours in length. See the description below for more information.

The Webinar

The mission of the church in any place is to connect the good news of the gospel with people’s need. As 21st century North Americans experience the fragmentation of individualism, hyper-mobility, and digital divides, the longing for community is increasingly evident. What resources does the Christian tradition offer for building community? What role can pastors play–both within the church and beyond the membership? This webinar will consider the art of shaping community as an essential pastoral skill for our time.

The Presenter

jonathan_wilson_hartgrove_headshotJonathan Wilson-Hartgrove is a celebrated spiritual writer and sought-after speaker. A native of North Carolina, he is a graduate of Eastern University and Duke Divinity School.

In 2003, Jonathan and his wife Leah founded the Rutba House, a house of hospitality where the formerly homeless are welcomed into a community that eats, prays, and shares life together. Jonathan directs the School for Conversion, a nonprofit that has grown out of the life of Rutba House to pursue beloved community with kids in their neighborhood, through classes in North Carolina prisons, and in community-based education around the country. Jonathan is also an Associate Minister at the historically black St. Johns Missionary Baptist Church.

Jonathan is a co-complier of the celebrated Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals, and is the author of several books on Christian spirituality, including The Awakening of Hope, The Wisdom of Stability, and The New Monasticism. His most recent book is Strangers at My Door.


This webinar was made available free of charge as a service of Churchnet. It is a part of our Churchnet Leadership Series. The recording does not include the webcam which allowed those participating in the “live” webinar to see Jonathan during his presentation. The recording includes his voice and Powerpoint presentation.

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May 22, 2014
10:00 am - 11:30 am