Profile: St. John in the Wilderness Episcopal Church, White Bear Lake, Minn.
St. John in the Wilderness Episcopal Church, White Bear Lake, 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, St. John in the Wilderness draws members from much of the Twin Cities area and are experiencing gradual but steady growth. Our worship style honors our traditional roots but encompasses contemporary music and biblical preaching.
Here's an excerpt from their profile:
E. Opportunities for Growth
Challenge #1: How can we help people develop a working knowledge of the bible?
Given that we use up to four readings at each Sunday worship, we have discontinued printing the readings in the Sunday worship bulletin, but inserted the page number in the pew Bible, and encourage each worshipper to open the book and read along.
Challenge #2: How do we help people understand Scripture as a whole story of Salvation?
Offer accessible, basic Bible overview options to encourage all to participate on whatever level they are most comfortable. We have begun to offer multiple ways of engaging Scripture, all of which are open to all at any time.
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