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Mainline Protestantism and the Challenge of Disruptive Innovation

The term "disruptive innovation" refers to the process of replacing existing products, policies or cultures with emerging technology or new systems of thought. However, innovation can be difficult for any... read more >

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Can Dying Congregations Die a 'Good' Death?

Once-mainline churches are now not only "sideline," but they are increasingly closing their doors. While many worshippers are saddened by the process, sometimes it is possible to find new life, even... read more >

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Reaching Your Community Online

In his 2015 book, "The Digital Cathedral: Networked Ministry in a Wireless World," Keith Anderson notes that the church of the future will be less an institution and more a... read more >

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The Digital Cathedral: Imagining Networked Ministry in a Wireless World

When the great cathedrals of Europe were built, they were built to encompass entire communities. Within the cathedral grounds could be found breweries and bakeries, granaries and gardens, monasteries and... read more >

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Sunday's Second Job: Many Rural Clergy Are Bi-Vocational

Nearly half of Tennessee's 3,000 Baptist clergy are working a secular job during the week, according to Saul Gonzalez, correspondent for Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, a source for cutting-edge reporting... read more >

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How to Integrate Spiritual Leadership and Effective Management Skills

Faith leaders have a lot more to think about than their Sunday sermon. Church leadership requires a balance of practical, task-oriented expertise, a level of spiritual discernment and responsivity, and... read more >

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Learn to Prune to Promote New Congregational Growth

Letting go is difficult. It is also an essential practice; without letting go, our lives, homes, business efforts, and social lives become tangled in the past and incapable of taking... read more >

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The Difficult Calling: Pentecostal Women Clergy face lack of opportunity, support

Pentecostalism, centered around the Church of God, has long been open to the ministry of women as preachers, missionaries and pastors, but has not been willing to accept women in... read more >

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Strategies for effective church management

Equipping future church leaders for the crucial tasks of leadership often finds its way into the seminary curriculum, but preparing those students for church management seldom gets the attention it... read more >

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Administrating Your Church: The Basics of Supervising Staff

Seminaries and schools of religion do not focus much attention on equipping students for the practical task of supervising, coordinating, and motivating staff and teams. As a result, clergy either... read more >

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Are There Guns in Your Church

Connie Peterson is an accountant whose work requires a calculator, not a weapon. But she doesn’t go anywhere without...

6/10 Religiously Unaffiliated Americans are Athiest, Agnostic or “Nothing in Particular”

"A growing share of Americans are religiously unaffiliated. We recently asked a representative sample of more...

Art and Music Helping To Survive The Worst

“How do we survive when the worst happens? What are the mechanisms?” For Joe Carter, one answer was in spirituals —...

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