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When a Judicatory Can Intervene to Promote Church Change

Congregations are open to judicatory influence at key moments: at the change of a pastor, in times of church conflict, in the planning and execution of regional activities and programs,... read more >

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The Relationship Between Congregations and Middle Judicatories Part 2

In this essay, church researcher Loren Mead summarizes the way each of eight dynamics affects how a particular congregation may understand its place on a continuum of relationship to its... read more >

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The Relationship Between Congregations and Middle Judicatories Part 1

The relationship between a congregation and its regional body is almost always problematic, but the specific problem is hard to predict. In this paper, researcher Loren Mead introduces eight key... read more >

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The Generation Gap May Be Smaller Than Many Suppose

Generational differences do exist. The WWII generation puts a high emphasis on honesty and loyalty in the context of expecting leadership to be authoritative and relationships to be hierarchical; Baby... read more >

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Stories of Hope for Faith Communities

The resurrection announces to the world and confirms for Christians that God provides abundant gifts. Here are stories of hopeful and hope-filled communities that provide innovative ministry to reconnect readers... read more >

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Resurrecting a Dead Church

When Methodist pastor Gil Wise arrived at the dark, dirty storefront church in 2000, he didn’t know if the collection plate would provide enough to keep the doors open another... read more >

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Leadership and Authority Structure - Video

In human institutions, there are two kinds of challenges: technical challenges are problems that can be solved by the institution’s existing knowhow; adaptive challenges are problems that require new learning... read more >

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Promoting Congregational Vitality

All congregations have strengths, but not in all the same areas. And when congregations focus on using their strengths effectively, they become even stronger. An understanding of a congregation’s strengths... read more >

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Growing old gracefully

Older members make up a sizable portion of many congregations. Churches can find help online for meeting their spiritual needs.

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From accessibility to inclusion

Congregations have made great strides in making houses of worship more accessible to people with disabilities. Now they must move toward including them as equal members in the life of the church.

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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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