Biblical Fluency Project

Profile: Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, Minn.

Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, Minn., 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, Bethlehem is located in the center city and draws members from around the metropolitan area. In the last 15 years, the number of people worshiping has doubled.

Here's an excerpt from their profile:

F. Paths of Engagement

Path #3: Approachable and Digestible Resources

In cooperation with staff who are already doing so, we intend to augment our online resources and tools (features, links, phone apps, etc.) and create corresponding opportunities for online dialogue (e.g., affinity groups) and Bible study. We will also add a recently developed guide on how to select a Bible to our website. We will track “hits” to monitor usage and invite online feedback to evaluate effectiveness.

Seventy-nine percent of survey respondents told us that they turn to the Internet as a primary source of information. Since two-thirds of our respondents were age 40 -70, we anticipate that use of the Internet by our core audience (median age of 34) is even higher. Our hope is that these tools will be an effective alternative for people who choose not to use on-site Bible study programs.

Comments:

  • This approach will be based off the competency model around which other programs and offerings will be structured (e.g., Bible study). The premise of this model is that at the conclusion of a “program” people are equipped to do something they were previously not able to do.
  • We anticipate that this path is a multiple year initiative that will involve ongoing evaluation and refinement.
  • We hope that online communities will develop. We can imagine facilitating periodic face-to-face participation to deepen dialogue and relationships.

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