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Matching New Clergy and Small Churches

American Christianity is facing a conundrum. Churches that have fewer than 100 members, along with decreasing financial resources, are on the rise, but new clergy often cannot afford to accept... read more >

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Faith communities and people with disabilities

Improving accessibility in a church for people with disabilities serves both a welcoming and a retention role. The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship explores the faith aspect of disability in... read more >

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Callings: Twenty Centuries of Christian Wisdom on Vocation

From Sunday School curriculum to book clubs to ordination committees, this congregation-oriented study guide is a wonderful resource for individuals who are seeking inspiration for living Christian lives, as well... read more >

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The "Calling Congregation" encourages promising future clergy

Until the 1960s, denominations often encouraged congregations to help identify promising future clergy from among their youth. With the abolition of national offices of vocation, the American Church turned away... read more >

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Building Hope Among African-American Youth

Through a three-week residential summer event designed by Dr. Anne Streaty Wimberly, African-American teenagers are immersed in a program designed to help them better connect with their Christian identities. Participants... read more >

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Fostering Multiracial Congregations

The prevalence of single-race churches is largely the result of affinity group recruitment. That is, existing members tend to appeal to, and tend to be appealing to, people of the... read more >

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Congregational Life Assessment Resources

Hartford Seminary’s Hartford Institute for Religion Research offers three free self-assessment inventories, which assess member perspectives on church programs and clergy needs. The responses of the 11,386 respondents in 84... read more >

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Subtly Proactive: Judicatories and Their Congregations

Church members today will not be coerced or treated as subservient. Church pastoral leadership must now be oriented toward influencing, directing, coordinating, and guiding the thought and behavior of persons... read more >

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Meeting needs of small parishes

Most judicatories have at least several congregations with open pulpits that cannot pay enough to attract a full time pastor, and new clergy who resist opportunities to pastor small churches.... read more >

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Large, Wealthy Congregations and Their Judicatories

In this essay, church researcher Loren Mead distinguishes between large congregations and wealthy congregations, noting that large is a contextual term, depending upon the churchs denomination, and wealthy churches are... read more >

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Volunteer Shortage Affects Church Food Programs

Joe and Judy Nesbit spent Tuesday afternoon taking stock of hundreds of food items filling the shelves of the Seventh-...

Lilly Gives $10 million for Duke's Lilly Library Renovation

"Our [Lilly] family's commitment to restore and expand Duke's library that bears the Lilly name comes from our hearts...

Strengthening Indianapolis Through Arts and Cultural Innovation

The Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc. announced the project Wednesday as one of nearly $49 million in grants for...

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