C.L.O.W.N. Squad : learning to Creatively Love Our Wonderful Neighbors.


Larry Oksten

Date of Award


Document Type



Drew Theological School

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry


The purpose of this ministry project was to help 1st United Methodist Church of Glassboro, NJ connect with their community. The intent was to strengthen the outreach and hospitality ministry in the church in such a way that it became a part of the church's DNA. The goal was to set up a process that was an integral part of all decisions in the church and would be used to connect with the community. The project proved that community could be taught and nurtured. It also helped show the importance that scripture places on community. We used sermons, bible study, teaching, and projects to find ways to engage with each other and the community around us. During the project, attention was taken to involve every aspect of the church and to encourage the church to participate in community building ways.