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A larger vision

The congregation is not a family but an outpost for mission

Close your eyes, think about your congregation and finish this sentence: "My congregation is like ...."

Countless metaphors are used to describe congregations. One of the most common I've heard — and used — is family. But is this the best metaphor for understanding our congregations?


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