Metro Theology is the concept of a religious congregation taking its mission outside church walls and working in close partnerships with other groups in the community, both as a way to help others and translate faith into action.
Founded by The Rev. Dr. Chip Graves, rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Huntington, West Virginia, Metro Theology was established using principles developed by the Northwestern University-born Asset Based Community Development.
METRO THEOLOGY: FOSTERING CHURCH,
Photo: Missy Browning/Episcopal News Service
From left, the Rev. Chip Graves, rector of Trinity Episcopal Church; Larry Clark, a member of Trinity’s vestry and a longtime supporter
of River Cities ministries; Huntington Mayor Steve Williams; and the
Rt. Rev. W. Michie Klusmeyer, bishop of West Virginia.
For Graves' church in West Virginia, Metro Theology has produced partnerships with the city of Huntington, neighboring Marshall University, the Huntington City Mission, and various other
churches and groups to address addiction, homelessness,
and medical and hunger needs.
Pooling the church’s management capability, its members and their relationships, local for-profit and not-for-profit businesses, the city’s mayor and administrators, other churches, and local civic associations has infused new energy into Trinity's outreach efforts.
Metro Theology-inspired programs include: