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Family Life Centers and Congregations

Many congregations imagine a near future when, after building a “family life center,” the congregation is successfully hosting community events and attracting new members. Those dreams often don’t materialize, and... read more >

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Selecting a Congregational Planning Team Leader

Vibrant congregations periodically engage in long-term planning, the success of which is largely dependent upon the competencies of the team’s leader, according to Nancy L. DeMott, resource director at the... read more >

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Potent and Impotent Stewardship: A Conversation with Patrick McNamara

Stewardship may be nominal – little other than fundraising – or it may be a dynamic, transformative force that helps a congregation reconnect with its original purposes. In this interview,... read more >

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Matching New Clergy and Small Churches

American Christianity is facing a conundrum. Churches that have fewer than 100 members, along with decreasing financial resources, are on the rise, but new clergy often cannot afford to accept... read more >

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Faith communities and people with disabilities

Improving accessibility in a church for people with disabilities serves both a welcoming and a retention role. The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship explores the faith aspect of disability in... read more >

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Callings: Twenty Centuries of Christian Wisdom on Vocation

From Sunday School curriculum to book clubs to ordination committees, this congregation-oriented study guide is a wonderful resource for individuals who are seeking inspiration for living Christian lives, as well... read more >

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The "Calling Congregation" encourages promising future clergy

Until the 1960s, denominations often encouraged congregations to help identify promising future clergy from among their youth. With the abolition of national offices of vocation, the American Church turned away... read more >

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Building Hope Among African-American Youth

Through a three-week residential summer event designed by Dr. Anne Streaty Wimberly, African-American teenagers are immersed in a program designed to help them better connect with their Christian identities. Participants... read more >

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Franklin College Master's Program Gift

"A $150,000 gift from Drs. Leonard and Teresa Bissonnette will help support Franklin College's new Master of Science in...

Working Hands

The Work of the Hands by Carolina Hinojosa-Cisneros ... It’s with open hands that we welcome the stranger, open up...

International Peacemaker on Syrian Refugee Crisis at Union Seminary

Dr. Mary Mikhael, a native of Syria, will visit Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond October 3, 2018, to address the...

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