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Energy efficiency sends message of stewardship

Bikes help save energy

From bike racks to gardens, congregations can give testimony to their green values.

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Practical theology examines how people live out their faith

Often relegated to specialists, theology can better be understood as a process of recognizing a church’s distinctive practices.

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Managing conflict constructively

Left to fester, conflict can lead church members to leave, finances to plummet, faith to be forever lost. It doesn’t have to be this way.

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What Promotes Church Growth?

Key findings from the U.S. Congregational Life Survey indicate that church growth is a consequence of four key strengths: personal invitations from members, good worship experiences, a follow-up process that... read more >

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Tithing: Why People Give

Most academic and church-based conversations about faith and money focus on the needs of churches and the work they do to meet budgets. These top-down concerns do not excite the... read more >

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Mainline Protestant Congregations: A Challenge

Most congregations see their core tasks as worship, religious education, and fellowship. However, mainline Protestant churches and Catholics do not make the organizational investment in supporting these tasks that African... read more >

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Why Teens Choose Church

It used to be that when children were raised in a faith tradition they grew into its wisdom as they matured. Now, many teens choose their religion. And they do... read more >

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Thinking Theologically about Faith and Wealth

Protestant and Catholic churches are experiencing a financial crisis. While people support programs that touch lives, many members have doubts about how money and spirituality intersect. Church leaders often feed... read more >

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Philanthropy in the Black Church

Members of historically Black churches who give generously to their congregation rank spiritual support for their everyday lives as the most important thing they want from their church. Surprisingly, social... read more >

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Characteristics of New Worshippers

Thirty-four percent of worship attendees have been in their current worship community fewer than six years, which points to a high worship turnover rate. Learn more about new worshippers, their... read more >

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Rose and Cal promote shared joy with religious humor across traditions

The first Ahead of the Trend in 2019 celebrates two couples who have never given up hope that understanding can make...

Disruption, Death and the Old Testament

The Old Testament has its roots in two great disruptions: the collapse of the Late Bronze Age geopolitical system and...

Great Faith Hand in Hand with Great Sleep, Says Study

 A strong faith could be the key to a good night’s sleep, according to a study released this week in the Journal...

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