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Taking Time to Make Decisions

Experience shows that hasty decisions are often made in response to anxiety or discomfort. But congregations often make their best strategic decisions when they slow down. Slowing down is not... read more >

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Practical Advice on Facility Maintenance

How much longer will our roof last? Are we using the most efficient heating and cooling system? What are the first steps to begin the renovation process on that old... read more >

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Best Practices for Computers in Churches

Having and using computer technology is no longer optional for churches that want to be effective. Some best practices include creating a technology team, building member support, talking to other... read more >

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The Importance of a Good website

In 2005, 79 percent of American households included Internet users. Yet, most congregations use websites as little more than online brochures, when they could be powerful outreach and society-shaping tools.... read more >

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Capital Campaign Fundraising Benefits

A capital campaign is a special fundraising effort for a specified project. Successful capital campaigns involve the entire membership and are based on a shared vision for the future of... read more >

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Saving Energy at Church

When the Indianapolis Center for Congregations sponsored an energy audit in places of worship, the congregations that participated were surprised by the results. One church learned that their two-boiler heating... read more >

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Using interactive technology to enhance your ministry

Congregations have embraced technology to help with church administration, communicate with tech-savvy congregants, support religious education and enhance worship. The Indianapolis Center for Congregations supports area congregations by providing them... read more >

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Engage Sunday School students through creative teaching

Teaching religion can be challenging, but by utilizing different techniques your educators can capture the attention of students and bring Sunday school to life. Educator Phyllis Wezeman offers a list... read more >

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Survey Public Perceptions of Your Institution

What does the general public think of your institution? How do political, business, education, community service and philanthropic leaders perceive your organization? Conduct your own survey of community perceptions of... read more >

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Accessible Faith: A Guide

Houses of worship serve as both centers of worship and centers of community life. Many were built before the issue of accessibility rose to national consciousness, resulting in structures with... read more >

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Franklin College Master's Program Gift

"A $150,000 gift from Drs. Leonard and Teresa Bissonnette will help support Franklin College's new Master of Science in...

Working Hands

The Work of the Hands by Carolina Hinojosa-Cisneros ... It’s with open hands that we welcome the stranger, open up...

International Peacemaker on Syrian Refugee Crisis at Union Seminary

Dr. Mary Mikhael, a native of Syria, will visit Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond October 3, 2018, to address the...

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