ATLANTA (AP) – An Atlanta theological school will use a grant of nearly $ 1 million to contact local churches to see what they need and then help them find solutions, the Macon Telegraph reported .
Mercer’s McAfee School of Theology in Atlanta received the money as part of Lilly Endowment’s Pathways for Tomorrow initiative.
Dean Greg DeLoach said the way churches reach out to their congregations has suddenly changed, The Telegraph reported on Friday.
“The very appearance of the church is changing,” he said. “How do you practice pastoral ministry virtually? Can I have a church and it remains virtual? These questions are worth asking.
Other pressing questions are whether there will be more pastors who are working full time and also care for their communities, and how the theological school can provide education for people who are not interested in a diploma, but who wish to better understand their faith.
“The relevance of churches is increasingly contested,” DeLoach said. the conventional structure of the church undergoes many changes.
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