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?​ You’re in the right place.

The Listening Church will give you practical tips for spiritual listening in your community. Spiritual listening is all about asking your community questions so you can understand it more deeply and be able to add something of value.

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About Me

I’m Luke Edwards, author of Becoming Church: A Trail Guide for Starting Fresh Expressions. I’m 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 I haves helped launch countless micro faith communities across western North Carolina and North America. Before that I was the founding pastor of King Street Church, a network of fresh expressions in Boone, North Carolina. Since my training as a social worker, I have spent the last 15 years learning how churches can best love God and love their neighbors. I’ve learned a few things along the way, but the most important lesson I’ve learned is that it all starts with deep listening.

Why Subscribe?

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.

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A newsletter about building community through spiritual listening curated for the church by Luke S. Edwards.


Luke Edwards

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