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Social Philanthropy and Church Mission

Congregations are feeling the pinch as member contributions decline with America's current depressed economic situation. However, needs are increasing for the same reason. According to the Rev. Joe Mann, former... read more >

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Making Good Pastors Better

In 2012, Christian Theological Seminary launched the Center for Pastoral Excellence, an initiative to support the next generation of church leaders through a range of programs addressing “the long arc... read more >

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Breathing new life into a failing church

How does a typical struggling, urban Methodist church transform itself into a vibrant, outward-oriented faith community? By looking forward, not back, according to the Rev. Dr. Jim Harnish, who transferred... read more >

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Pope Francis: What The World Really Thinks Of Him

Pope Francis, the 265th successor to St. Peter, is both the first Latin American and the first Jesuit to be chosen to lead the Roman Catholic Church. ReligionLink, a resource... read more >

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Turning Ideas Into Action

One of the most difficult tasks church leaders face is taking ideas, even good ideas, from the discussion stage through implementation and incorporation, and evolving them into the customs, traditions... read more >

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The Power of a Positive Congregation: Indiana workshop

Discover the power of positive change. The Center for Congregations hosts Flourishing Congregations: Moving from Dreams to Reality, an exciting, hands-on educational experience exploring positive change processes and how they can... read more >

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Center for Congregations luncheon and info session

The Center for Congregations offers several workshops and events throughout the year for Indiana congregations, and provides resources and workshop materials to the public on its website. At this Resource... read more >

Grants from the Wabash Center

Grants from the Wabash Center

The Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion offers several grants for activities that promote a sustained conversation about pedagogy through the improvement teaching and learning, the encouragement of research and study, and the creation of a supportive environment for teaching.

Calvin Institute Provides Worship Renewal Grants

Calvin Institute Provides Worship Renewal Grants

The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship has given $300,000 in grants to support worship renewal across North America. Since it began in the year 2000, the Worship Renewal Grants Program has awarded more than 600 grants to churches, schools and seminaries across the U.S. and Canada for projects that can generate renewed interest, thoughtfulness and energy for public worship at the local, grass-roots level.

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Liturgical Meditations from Fuller Studios

 The liturgical calendar spans the life of Christ in a single year—from anticipation (Advent), to hope (Christmas...

The Spiritual Practice of Humor

We live in a time of tension and conflict, arguing and fighting for what we believe is true. Many of us are attracted...

Volunteer and Live Longer Religious Lives

Ohio State researchers in June pored over hundreds of obituaries from across the country. They found that people with...

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