Faith communities that connect with their neighbors begin with intentional listening. When we reach out with open ears and open minds, we can shape our church in a way that will meet people where they are and walk alongside them towards Jesus. Your community is filled with local guides and helpful information. As you listen, you will look for where God is already moving in the community.  The Listening Church is a movement that seeks to resource the church to do this deep community listening. Here you will find resources and support to help you listen to your neighbors in ways that lead to meaningful connection and impactful ministry in the community.

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The Listening Church is curated by Luke S. Edwards, author of Becoming Church: A Trail Guide for Starting Fresh Expressions. Luke is the Associate Director of Church Development for the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, a trainer for Fresh Expressions North America, and a professionally trained ministry coach. He co-leads a community of dads and father figures called Who Let the Dads Out? Lake Norman. Luke is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church and was the founding pastor of King Street Church, a network of fresh expressions in Boone, North Carolina. He grew up in an area of western Massachusetts that was recently named the most post-Christian metropolitan area in the United States, where he joined his first micro-faith community at the age of fourteen. Between his upbringing and his work in local, regional, and national levels of the Fresh Expressions movement, Luke has a unique perspective into the future of the church in a post-Christian society. He lives in Huntersville, North Carolina, where he enjoys going for walks in the woods with his wife and daughters. 

You can hear Luke's story on A New Thing Podcast or read about it on Asbury Voices.

Read about Fresh Expressions and Luke's work in NC in Christianity Today or hear about it on the United Methodist Church's Field Preachers Podcast, the Compass Podcast, or Leading Ideas Talks.