New Facebook Group for Church Leaders!

Among the less visible sorts of work we do at The Englewood Review is working with churches across North America to deepen and enrich their congregational life.

Given all the present upheaval in congregational life, due to the pandemic, the dogged persistence of Christian nationalism, and other factors, we have created a conversational space for church leaders — both clergy and lay leaders — across diverse church traditions to talk together about what it means to be thriving congregations in 2021.

Introducing the Cultivating Communities Facebook Group…

This group emerges out of the Englewood Review of Books’ readership. Many of you are church leaders and believe reading is a vital practice for congregational leaders— this group is for you! Here, we broadly construe “church leaders” as both clergy and active lay leaders. This group exists as a space for broad conversation (including, but not solely, on books and reading) about the health and flourishing of our congregations.

A wide range of church leaders are invited to this group, those whose primary identity and allegiance is as followers of Jesus. Regardless of denomination or church tradition, or where you sit on the political spectrum you are welcome. We share in common our seeking to follow Jesus above all; those who elevate their allegiance to nation or political party above their Christian discipleship are not welcome here. For a glimpse of the conversational space we aspire to here, we encourage you to listen to (or read) this conversation between Russell Moore (of the Southern Baptist Convention) and Bishop Michael Curry (of the Episcopal Church):

In order to cultivate this kind of space, be sure to read the ground rules that will be used to give form to our conversations.

Please join the group, and invite
other church leaders to do the same.

[ Join the Group Here ]

*** In order to keep the group focused and to cut down on spam, there are four quick questions to answer before you will approved for the group


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C. Christopher Smith is the founding editor of The Englewood Review of Books. He is also author of a number of books, including most recently How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church (Brazos Press, 2019). Connect with him online at:

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