Profile: Kindred Lutheran, Kindred, N.D.
Kindred Lutheran Church, in Kindred, N.D., is one of 11 congregations participating in the Biblical Fluency Project within Luther Seminary's Vibrant Congregations Project grant.
According to the congregation's profile, Kindred is a small town/rural congregation founded in 1887 in the town of Kindred, which has a population of about 675. It's also a bedroom community for people working in Fargo. The context is fluid. New, younger families are moving to the community while older members move to Fargo to receive higher levels of health care.
Here's an excerpt from their profile:
C. Current Practices
Current Practice #4: Dwelling in God's Word
Council meetings typically begin with 20-30 minutes of engagement with Scripture. We read a passage of Scripture (sometimes more than once) and sit in silence for a minute as we dwell in God’s Word, often focusing on a simple question. Council members then share in small groups of 2-3 people what they have heard. As we gather together as a large group, council members are often invited to take turns sharing what our partner shared with us -- not what we shared with them. The purpose is to teach listening skills -- we learn to listen to one another as well as listen to God's Word. We also learn that to be a People of the Word means we dwell in Scripture and struggle with its meaning as a community not just as individuals.
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