About Luke

The Listening Church is curated by Luke S. Edwards, author of Becoming Church: A Trail Guide for Starting Fresh Expressions. He is a United Methodist Minister and the Associate Director of Church Development for the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. Over the past five years he has helped launch countless micro faith communities across western North Carolina and North America. Before that he was the founding pastor of King Street Church, a network of fresh expressions in Boone, North Carolina.

Why Listening?

Was your church once a vibrant outpost in the community and now you feel like you barely know any neighbors? Do you feel like it’s time your church started a new community ministry, but you have no idea what to start?​ Churches are notorious for starting a ministry without asking if the community wants or needs it. Spiritual listening is all about asking your community questions so you can understand it more deeply and be able to add something of value. For more information check out thelisteningchurch.com

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In this free newsletter you can expect to receive practical advice for spiritual listening that leads to building community in your neighborhood. Whether you are hoping to reconnect to your neighbors as an existing church, starting a new faith community, or simply desire to be a better neighbor, there will be something for you.


Luke Edwards
Luke Edwards is a United Methodist minister and a cultivator of fresh expressions of church in western North Carolina and beyond.