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Pr. Mark Thompson

Breaking the Chains Church (BtCC) is a congregation inside the Milwaukee Felmers Chaney Correctional Center, a pre-release center helping incarcerated persons return successfully to their families and communities. This ministry is a collaboration between the ELCA, the Wisconsin DOC and Prison Congregations of America. Bible Study and a Eucharist Worship take place weekly. Congregational volunteers from around the Synod join the men for these gatherings. In the first three years more than 200 men have been involved in some aspect with BtCC

Have questions? Want to learn more? Consider inviting Pastor Mark Thompson (pastormarkthompson@earthlink.net) to your congregation or organization to preach or participate in a forum to share powerful stories of transformation. There are many opportunities for anyone to be involved with an aspect of prison ministry – inside the walls, re-entry or advocacy. “I was in prison and you visited me” Jesus says in Mt 25:36.

Every year on the Saturday before Christmas, members of the community gather outside the facility with candles and join the worshippers inside in singing Silent Night. Please consider joining this beautiful service on Dec. 21, 2019 at 7 p.m.

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Contact Pr. Mark Thompson: pastormarkthompson@earthlink.net

Developer Venice Williams

The Table gathers as a House Church, meeting in members homes October through April and in Alice’s Garden (2136 N. 21st Street) when weather allows during the Spring, Summer, and Fall. The Table is where:

  • We see one other, clearly, and fully enter into the other’s humanityu
  • We we more deeply explore God’s Word
  • We we are nourished through the sharing of food, the celebrating of stories, the cultivating of our imaginations, the reclaiming of rituals, and the partaking of The Christ Meal
  • We we peel off some of the layers of the modern church, and embrace the intimacy of being Jesus followers in a “1st Century Style Community in the 21st Century.”

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Contact Developer Venice Williams: venicewb@gmail.com

Pr. Michael McAllister

Wayfarer’s Faith Collective is a new, developing ministry in 2019. The vision is to create a network of small house gatherings who each shape their own collective approach to God and spirituality. Those house gatherings will then be invited multiple times each year to larger, collective gatherings that create space for community, music and holy conversations. The primary goal of this ministry is to create spaces for those who are not already served by our current models of church.

Wayfarer’s is just beginning in the Fall of 2019 to gather in several house gatherings.

Parallel to this work, Pr. Michael McAllister gathers twice a week for “Big Questions, Thirsty Souls.” These gatherings are held in local brewpubs with individuals who have big questions and yearn for a place to wrestle together around intriguing topics.

Those interested in this approach to Christian community may choose to connect to either or both types of gatherings.

Learn more about the ministry model

Connect with the “Big Questions, Thirsty Souls” Facebook page

Contact Pr. Michael McAllister: michael@wayfarersfaith.org