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Balancing ministry with church administration can be a difficult calling even for the most seasoned church pastor. Insights Into Religion and its affiliate organizations offer regularly updated resources for effective congregational administration, including ideas and tips for efficient stewardship of church facilities, financial oversight, volunteer recruitment and more.

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The Pig Is Dead: Conversations About Moral Budgeting

For generations, federal representatives were elected to “bring home the bacon,” says former Sen. Alan Simpson, “and now the pig is dead.” Solving the debt problem raises basic philosophical and... read more >

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Using the Internet to Expand Church Communication and Outreach

How does your church and community use the Internet to connect, reach out to potential members, and share their faith? In this article by the Center for Congregations, leaders from three... read more >

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Resources for Multiracial Congregations

Increasingly, congregations seek to be accessible across a variety of divides, one of which is the racial/ethnic divide. To assist congregations that want to be more racially and ethnically inclusive,... read more >

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Resources for Creating a Place of Welcome

In January 2011, the Indianapolis Center for Congregations hosted a workshop by Dr. Gary McIntosh, professor of Christian ministry and leadership at the Talbot School of Theology and editor of... read more >

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Family Life Centers and Congregations

Many congregations imagine a near future when, after building a “family life center,” the congregation is successfully hosting community events and attracting new members. Those dreams often don’t materialize, and... read more >

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Selecting a Congregational Planning Team Leader

Vibrant congregations periodically engage in long-term planning, the success of which is largely dependent upon the competencies of the team’s leader, according to Nancy L. DeMott, resource director at the... read more >

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Potent and Impotent Stewardship: A Conversation with Patrick McNamara

Stewardship may be nominal – little other than fundraising – or it may be a dynamic, transformative force that helps a congregation reconnect with its original purposes. In this interview,... 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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