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Fishing Differently Forums invite participants to become co-authors in a shared sacred narrative that pre-dated their arrival and will extend beyond their lifetimes. This participatory ethos calls for participating congregations to engage in shared learning and leadership experiences that minimize or eradicate clericalism, the view that clergy, including upper-level clergy in connectional systems, as the source of all power, agency and knowledge. Drawing on Martin Luther’s notion of mutuum colloquium et consolatio fratrum, conversation and confession in fellowship, our forums our grounded in theological reflection, service and ministry as communal practices animated by a sense of common purpose and identity.

While some congregations retreat into a survival-focused mode amid environmental turmoil, Fishing Differently shifts the focus from presumed scarcity to practices that cultivate sense of sufficiency toward mission. This orientation toward missional engagement invites members and community stakeholders to participate in mission and ministry, thereby cultivating social capital.

Meaningful gatherings with a commitment to a more beloved community.
We are bringing together congregations and impact investors, seminaries and business schools, and local governments and foundations to respond with courage and imagination to the challenges of gentrification and displacement of long-time residents.

The purpose of Fishing Differently is not just to start another conversation, but to help congregations have a greater social impact.

We will be offering webinars, blog posts, podcasts, and curated resources for understanding Religion, Faith and Finance for Social Impact. Join our mailing list to stay connected.

Fishing Differently offers an approach that helps churches move away from a maintenance mindset into mission and service. The book offers practical examples, demonstrating how churches can combine strong faith capital with social, human, and intellectual capital to achieve God’s will for them.

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The Oikos Institute For Social Impact
11218 S. Bishop Street
Chicago, Illinois 60643

Email us: info@fishingdifferently.net

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