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Reshaping Ministry in the Light of a Pastors Working Group

From his experience over thirteen months with an ecumenical group of pastors, William F. Buchanan, of the Fifteenth Avenue Missionary Baptist Church in Nashville, finds hope for the church’s future... read more >


Being Still: A Spiritual Gift for Ministry and Mission Effectiveness

Angelique Walker-Smith of the Church Federation of Greater Indianapolis, recounts a sabbatical that underscored the importance of finding approaches that would more carefully define the difference between a focus on “the doing” of ministry tasks versus “the being” in ministry.


Pastor Studies Future of ‘Name Brand’ American Protestant Church

Faced with a group of potential members from a new generation who drifted away after finding the church wanting, Robert Kyte, pastor at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Dalton, Massachusetts, employed his time on sabbatical to ask whether there is a future for the traditional "name brand" (Methodist, Presbyterian, Episcopal, Lutheran, UCC) American Protestant churches.


The Ministry of Mentoring in the 21st Century Church

Amy McCreath, an Episcopal chaplain at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, considers the historic and present needs and challenges for Christian mentoring especially with what she calls the present "open source" generation in a post-modern society of increasing complexity.


Bread and Breath for the Breadth of the Journey: Reflections Three Years Out

orisanne Cooper, of Lake Shore Baptist Church in Waco, Texas, describes her exploration of spiritual and physical practices


The Postmodern Parish: New Ministry for a New Era

Gary Mathieson, of Shepherd of the Hill Presbyterian Church in Puyallup, Washington, recounts how he involved elders from his congregation in designing his Lilly Clergy Renewal Grant sabbatical not for him alone but for both him and the congregation.


10 Tips To Help Pastors Boost Their Twitter Presence

10 Tips To Help Pastors Boost Their Twitter Cellphone Presence Facebook Church Online Faith Community Insights into Religion News Lilly Foundation Funding Grants

Many people abandon Twitter shortly after opening an account. But if you stick with it, it will bear fruit.


Enhancing All The Religion News That's Fit To Print

Chronicling the efforts of a Lilly Endowment Religion Division initiative called "The Public Understanding of Religion," John M. Mulder notes how "church journalism" became "religion journalism" during the twentieth century... read more >





Explorer of the Universe, Stephen Hawkings Dies

  "Unlike me, Prof. Hawking did his best to stare into the far reaches of the universe. If anyone could have...

Philanthropy That Thinks Deeply About Rural Community

Based in Indianapolis, the Lilly Endowment is perhaps best known for its grants to strengthen pastoral leaders and...

Grappling with Questions of Belonging, Unity, and Faith

Years ago, against the advice of colleagues, Amanda Parrish Morgan taught Marilynne Robinson's debut novel,...

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