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Some ideas to enrich your community's faith life

The Dialogue Corner of the African American Lectionary website provides quarterly topics for clergy and congregation members to reflect upon and discuss. The topic “Church Enrichment” features four articles penned... read more >

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Avoid Common Pitfalls When Surveying Your Congregation

Congregations looking to revitalize themselves and engage their congregants often initiate surveys and questionnaires but, one pastor warns, these types of surveys aren’t a one-size-fits-all way to assess a community.... read more >

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Improving Organization in the Church

Four respected clergy from historically black churches in the United States offer ideas on how to improve the organizational depth and breadth of African-American congregations. Hosted on the African American... read more >

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Managing change by keeping your eye on the goal

The replacement of existing policies, cultures or even products with emerging alternatives is difficult for any organization. Key to managing the resulting, if temporary, disruption without attempting to prevent innovation... read more >

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The Coffeehouse Church: Blending Tradition and Innovation

One of the great challenges contemporary clergy face is how to lead during dramatic cultural transformation; how to honor tradition while creating innovative ways of being the church of Jesus... read more >

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Renewed faith and vitality at Florida megachurch

Grace United Methodist Church in Cape Coral, Fla., has become an economically diverse, multiethnic, multicampus megachurch through closer adherence to the Wesleyan tradition of reaching out to blue-collar and struggling... read more >

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Why Formation of Church Laity is Important

Bishop Joseph A. Galante began his tenure at the Catholic Diocese of Camden, N.J., by hosting 140 “speak up” sessions over 15 months to hear from parishioners about their primary... read more >

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Motivating Congregations to Give

Research indicates that there are three primary predictors of high levels of individual giving to Christian congregations: the person’s income, church involvement and beliefs. Families with high incomes are more... read more >

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Using Power for Good: Turning Ideas into Missions

In 1981, Keith and Darlene Wasserman opened their home to a person in need. Today, they run Good Works Inc., a ministry that helps homeless people transition to more stable... read more >

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The Community is What Counts

Arnold M. Eisen, chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, shares the concern of mainline Protestantism over declines in participation. That challenge, he suggests, is best addressed by... read more >

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A Piano for Christmas

It’s never too early for a great Christmas ad. This is from the folks at John Lewis in Great Britain, who every year...

Can Religion Unite America?

    Calling out racism in American churches, David Gushee, the outgoing president of the American Academy of...

Are American's Religious Communities Unique?

Two-thirds of U.S. Christians pray daily, compared with a median of just 18 percent of Christians across 15 countries...

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