Action-oriented partnerships and a successful social enterprise have built strong bridges between Paris Presbyterian (Paris, ON) and its community.
As a result of these missions in action, Paris Presbyterian attracted more members and grew its congregation substantially to a current weekly average attendance of about 250 people.
As the congregation sought for ways to connect they discovered their callings individually and collectively in their community. This action-led approach brought attention to the work of the church and attracted new members inspired by their social enterprise based mission work. The ability to be responsive to their community in this way directly led to increased membership. Their keys to success were:
Playwright Marcus Youssef upon accepting this year’s Siminovitch Prize for playwriting gave a speech that clarified my interest in the intersection of faith communities with the broader community. Youssef wrote about his interest in points of intersection and the space between people, spoken and unspoken.
A community hub model creates new vibrancy: St. James Centennial United in Parry Sound, ON invited its community into partnerships to share space and mission.