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Had you asked me 10 years ago about renewing the church, I might have given you a different answer. But at the moment I am a 40-something working wife and mother with a type-A lifestyle. My job is people-intensive as well as intellectually and emotionally demanding. Church, for the most part, seems to offer more of the same busy-ness that I have elsewhere in my life.
This is an excerpt from an essay in Renew 52: 50+ Ideas to Revitalize Your Congregation from Leaders under 50. Download the e-book for free.
Kate Blanchard is associate professor of religious studies at Alma College in Alma, Mich. She is the author of The Protestant Ethic or the Spirit of Capitalism: Christians, Freedom, and Free Markets.
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