Two weeks ago, I started work with First Presbyterian Church in Vancouver, Washington (just across the Columbia River from Portland). The church was founded in 1882. Like the vast majority of mainline Protestant congregations (and the majority of churches in general), FPC has been experiencing decline for many years. Revitalization will require a great deal of hard work and new learning; and part of this work and learning will be exegeting--reading and interpreting--our context.
In the coming weeks, I will be posting some of my exegetical observations here. I plan to start with a wide-angle lens and then to narrow my focus, moving from the national to the regional to the local. My hope is that this work will assist both the people of FPC and church leaders in other contexts who are seeking ideas for engaging their own neighborhoods.