Protestants: Taking the Church Where the People Are

"All of us are obsolete," Dr. Truman Douglass told a meeting of the United Church Board for Homeland Ministries in St. Louis last week. "The new world now emerging demands a new style of church and leadership for which we are unprepared." Perhaps more than any other U.S. Protestant body, the experiment-minded United Church of Christ (membership: 2,100,000) is searching for a new style, testing means of modern evangelism to reach people who have lost touch with, and faith in, organized Christianity. Dr. Douglass, executive vice-president of the United Church Board, describes these experiments as "unstructured ministries." The theory...

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