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Ten Basic Board Responsibilities

BoardSource, an organization dedicated to building exceptional nonprofit boards, has produced 10 short videos, each explaining one of the basic responsibilities of a nonprofit board. Topics include “Hire the Chief... read more >

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Strategic planning keeps congregations focused on mission

Strategic planning is “a structured conversation about what a group of people believe God calls them to be or to do," write Gil Rendle and Alice Mann in their book,... read more >

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Break Through Your Membership Glass Ceiling

While growth is exciting, it can be difficult if it's done without proper planning. In a workshop sponsored by the Indianapolis Center for Congregations, an organization that assists Indianapolis congregations in... read more >

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Improve Judicatory Support for Churches

Middle judicatories need to become missionaries to their shrinking congregations to help local churches reverse their declines. This excerpt from Transforming Regional Bodies identifies effective, proven strategies that middle judicatories... read more >

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Create a Powerful Web Presence

Effective use of the Internet establishes your community’s identity and values, communicates to the public a coherent message about your congregation and its mission, permits visitors to discover why and... read more >

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Facts about Nondenominational Congregations

Everyone’s impression is that nondenominational churches are on the rise.  Yet we know very little about the phenomenon. The Hartford Institute for Religion Research has gathered information about nondenominational congregations... read more >

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Timeless Articles by Carl Dudley

From 1995 to 1999, veteran church consultant Carl Dudley wrote a series of 24 field notes published in "The Christian Ministry" magazine.  These insight-packed columns including “The Layperson’s Eye-view,” “Family... read more >

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Congregational Consultants Listing

Though most consultants charge a fee for services they provide, some of their sites contain free helpful information on congregational dynamics. This list is provided by the Hartford Institute for... read more >

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Writings about Church Growth and Decline

Church growth and decline research and reflections are the focus of this collection of scholarly articles, housed on the website of the Hartford Institute for Religion Research. This extensive resource... read more >

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What Research Shows about Vitality in Mainline Protestantism

Membership decline in mainline Protestant churches began in the mid-1960s and has continued into the present, resulting in a loss of nearly one third of members since 1965. However, conservative... read more >

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What Brings You Happiness?

At Harvard Business Review, why the pursuit of money isn't bringing you joy -- and what will. [Read more]. "If there...

Communion Wafers: The Fine Art of Faith and Breadmaking

"The Order of the Brothers of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel, or simply Carmelites, is a Roman Catholic...

Indiana Media Expands with Lily Foundation Help

WFYI Public Media and the eight other Indiana Public Broadcasting stations that make up IPB News will soon be hiring...

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