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Finding Congregational Relevance: One Church's Story

Tiny Church of Our Savior (Episcopal) faced a grim future in 2003, when congregants asked themselves a life-changing question: If the church closed, would it be missed? The answer: No.... read more >

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Identify and Address Bullying in the Church

While the media reports frequently on incidences of bullying in American schools, scant attention has been given to the presence and impact of bullying in faith communities. Not limited to... read more >

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Who Uses Social Media?

Two studies provide insight into who is using social media in the larger culture and who is using those tools in religious circles. A 2010 survey by Lifeway Research indicated... read more >

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Religious Hiring Rights and Faith-Based Partnerships

“A faith-based organization [that receives federal funding] is only faith-based if it can hire people of the particular faith that it espouses,” says Bob Gehman, executive director of Helping Up... read more >

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Church giving tied to gratitude and a sense of mission

Worshippers want to feel their contributions are making a difference. The tithe may no longer be the norm outside conservative Protestant churches, but members who feel connected to their church and confident it is contributing to God’s work still give financially.

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Sex and the church: What the numbers say

While there have been significant shifts in public opinion in recent years in support of same-sex marriage, U.S. religious groups continue to struggle to balance theology, experience and personal consciences... read more >

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Best Resources for Church Administration

Balancing ministry with church administration can be a difficult calling even for the most seasoned church pastor. Insights Into Religion and its affiliate organizations offer regularly updated resources for effective congregational administration, including ideas and tips for efficient stewardship of church facilities, financial oversight, volunteer recruitment and more.

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The Pig Is Dead: Conversations About Moral Budgeting

For generations, federal representatives were elected to “bring home the bacon,” says former Sen. Alan Simpson, “and now the pig is dead.” Solving the debt problem raises basic philosophical and... read more >

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Using the Internet to Expand Church Communication and Outreach

How does your church and community use the Internet to connect, reach out to potential members, and share their faith? In this article by the Center for Congregations, leaders from three... read more >

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Resources for Multiracial Congregations

Increasingly, congregations seek to be accessible across a variety of divides, one of which is the racial/ethnic divide. To assist congregations that want to be more racially and ethnically inclusive,... 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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