Respected church consultant, author and Episcopal priest Tom Ehrich thinks we live in a "post-institutional" world. That is, people no longer invest in or join institutions such as churches, being suspicious of all institutions and their leadership.
Ehrich contends that churches that will survive and grow in this new era are those that transform themselves into faith communities that look beyond their historic identities. What can this mean for St. Stephen UMC as we work toward our own future?
Click here to read Ehrich's article "Faith Communities in the Post-Institutional Era."