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Articles | October 19, 2017

An Alternative to Handouts: 50+ People Hired off the Streets for Meaningful Work

Unemployment in Pastor Beier’s neighborhood of Woodlawn shuffles along at around 23%, and is one of their major burdens. How could they be a blessing to the underemployed and under-resourced neighbors and church members? Unemployment contributes to so many other painful realities. Consider these tragic statistics:   41% of children in our 60637 zip code […]


Ebooks | October 18, 2017

New ebook, “Essays for the Common Good,” Now Available

by Luke Bobo

As a nationwide network of churches, Made to Flourish hears incredible stories of local churches who are finding innovative ways to seek the common good of their cities and connecting faith with work and the economy. Our new ebook, Essays for the Common Good: Nine Pastors and Churches Share How They Are Putting Ideas into […]


Articles | October 17, 2017

How Whole Life Discipleship Changes Cities: The Surge School Story (Part 2)

by Amy Sherman

What happens when literally hundreds of people in a city make the connection between conversations on faith and work and the conversation on community transformation? Well, we actually have some data. Because this is just what the Surge School1 initiative in Phoenix has accomplished. And its ripple effects have been very impressive. In 2007, pastors […]


Study Guides | October 12, 2017

Free Download: The Economics of Neighborly Love Study Guide

We want you to get the most out of Tom Nelson’s new book The Economics Of Neighborly Love, so we have created a free study guide. This companion resource provides insightful questions that will spark group discussion and individual reflection on each chapter’s content and main themes. Enter your email address below to download your […]


Articles | October 12, 2017

How Whole Life Discipleship Changes Cities (Part 1)

by Amy Sherman

I’ve long been interested in two topics that might not, at first glance, appear to be critically related. The first is the integration of faith and work. The second is city transformation. We will not see revitalization in our cities without individual congregants coming to a deep understanding and practice of whole-life discipleship. Congregants need […]


Articles | October 10, 2017

How Can Leaders Pursue an Integral Life?

by Luke Bobo

In July 2016, Tom Nelson gave a lecture entitled “The Pastor’s Integral Life and Leadership.” While Nelson was specifically addressing pastors, this talk is certainly applicable to leaders, for the sake of their flourishing. Below are selected excerpts from his talk. . In The Beginning At creation, “God is presented and reveals himself not only […]


Articles | October 5, 2017

What’s So Great About the Common Good?

by Andy Crouch

As we approach cg2017 on October 13, let’s hear what Andy Crouch has to say on what the common good is and why it matters for our churches and communities.


Articles | October 3, 2017

What Is the Common Good?

by Matt Rusten

You may have noticed our tagline in the top left side of our site: “A pastors’ network for the common good.” It strikes some as an odd phrase—the common good. What is that? And why would it be so important to us that we include it in our tagline? Simply put, seeking the common good […]


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