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Bringing Clergy Expertise to Community Leadership

Engagement in local leadership can help clergy fulfill their biblical mandate to bring the ethical dimension to community decisions, to comfort people in times of crisis, and to steward and... read more >

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Helping Diversity Grow in American Congregations

While only 7 percent of U.S. congregations are multiracial, continuing waves of immigration are changing U.S. demographics, a fact that raises new challenges for faith communities and their leaders.  Welcoming... read more >

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Leadership is Often Seeing Opportunity in Crisis

In the fall of 1793 Philadelphia was in the throes of a Yellow Fever epidemic that ultimately killed 5,000 residents. Richard Allen, minister, educator, and founder of the African Methodist... read more >

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How Mission Trips Are Maturing

For the last 20 years, many churches have sent members overseas on short-term projects that met the interests of Americans to get first-hand experience in mission work. Today individuals, churches,... read more >

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Focusing the Mission

The Mount Pisgah Church in Alpharetta, Georgia, has a long history of international mission work and ministry support. In recent years, they have been working at becoming more focused and... read more >

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Renewal Through A Ministry of Relationships

The Presbyterian Church’s Philadelphia Presbytery has been adapting the Book of Order to create new openness to ways of being the church. The model is no longer “how do churches... read more >

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Thoughts on Post-Colonial Mission Partnerships with Africa - Video

In an interview conducted during his visit to Duke Divinity School in December, 2008, AME Bishop Paul J. M. Kawimbe offered his thoughts on a post-colonial model for global missions.... read more >

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Empowering Local Communities

In an interview with John M. Perkins, founder of the Christian Community Development Association and the John M. Perkins Foundation for Reconciliation and Development in Jackson, Mississippi, Mr. Perkins discusses... read more >

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The Role of Institutions in Mediating Salvation

In contemporary society, people experience a sense of ambivalence about institutions. Recognizing the good institutions do, some people pray that God will save and preserve institutions. Other people, realizing how... read more >

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Context, Culture and Clergy Satisfaction

The authors of this study posit two types of church communities: expressive local, and instrumental cosmopolitan. Expressive local congregations are defined as places where the well-being that comes from living... read more >

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Children's Faith, Doubt and Silence

During a three-year longitudinal study launched by the Fuller Youth Institute, a parent with three post–high school...

Sermons For Those Struggling with Depression

On Sunday, before worshippers at Washington's National Cathedral, Michael Gerson, Washington Post columnist, delivered...

Lilly Endowment Launchs the Seventh Phase of its Giving Indiana Funds

"Last fall, Lilly Endowment launched the seventh phase of its Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow initiative (GIFT VII),...

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