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July/August 2021


Placemaking as a Missional Practice

by Amy Schenkel
What if your church property became the heart of your neighborhood?  What if designing a space to be shared by your community was the open door for the Spirit to change hearts?

Many churches have spent thousands of dollars renovating the insides of their church buildings to be warm, welcoming, hospitable places.  However, one of the things we’re learning is that most American adults will never (or rarely) enter these buildings-- at least until they have a relationship with someone on the inside.  The image neighbors have of your church is based on what they see when driving or walking by. 

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Resource Spotlight

Check out this list of 27 ideas that could seed your own community conversation about placemaking.
Looking for More Ideas?

Build Back Better, Together: 11 Transformative Agendas to Restore Social Life in Your Community
by  Fred KentKathy MaddenSteve Davies

The Great Neighborhood Book: A Do-it-Yourself Guide to Placemaking 

Are you interested in joining leaders in Detroit who love God deeply, work for justice, and humbly serve their communities?

Cohort Detroit is a formative ministry experience that allows you to learn, serve, and lead in an area that interests you, all while growing relationships with an intentional community of young adults. See what our participants are saying.

Resonate Partners with these Upcoming Events 

Join us for Inspire "Light" 2021

Plan to join us for FREE virtual events that can provide a snack-sized portion of what Inspire has to offer. 

When:  August 3-6, 2021 Noon-1:00 pm

What:   A daily taste of Inspire to whet your appetite for next year. Each session will include worship, a plenary speaker, and the opportunity to network with others. Expect special musical and spoken word poetry, and guest performances in addition to thought-provoking messages and stimulating discussion. 

Register: Space is limited. Please indicate your interest in each session by registering. Video recordings of each day’s session will also be posted here for those unable to attend.

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