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Merged ministry

Blended congregation thrives together rather than struggle separately

Sharing their faith — and everything else — isn't new for parishioners at St. John Episcopal-Lutheran Church in Williams, Ariz., population 3,500.

They've been doing it since 1982, when the Episcopal congregation voted to incorporate the Lutherans into their ministry, worship, education and vestry (the Episcopalian version of a church council). The move was mutually beneficial since both congregations were struggling.


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