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The Practice of Shaping Healthy Communities

In order for our lives to flourish, we must decide how we assemble together. The questions of how we divide life's basic goods and how we will record our history... read more >

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Promoting Vitality with Community Involvement

Congregations with the greatest sense of connectedness to the surrounding community are also places where worshippers feel a strong sense of belonging and feel empowered to become leaders. Learn more... read more >

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What Promotes Spiritual Growth

Certain factors related to worship experiences, participation in Bible study, community involvement, and time in personal prayer contribute to the self-reported spiritual growth of worshippers. Other factors have no effect.... read more >

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Who Visits Congregations

At a typical worship service, 2 percent of worshippers are first time attendees. First timers are remarkably similar to regular attendees in many ways. However, key differences emerge. The majority... read more >

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Building Congregational Vitality

Congregational vitality rests on four key elements: nurturing spiritual growth, involving worshippers in the congregation in many ways, community outreach and service, and understanding who your worshippers are and what... read more >

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Empowering Lay Leaders

There is a direct correlation between churches that do a good job of empowering lay congregational leaders and worshippers' reports of satisfaction with worship services, sense of shared vision, and... read more >

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Congregational Leadership and Civic Engagement

How can church leaders tap in to the congregation's talents? Who volunteers and why? Which church members are most likely to best help run the church? Analysis of data from... read more >

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Accessibility in Worship: Welcoming Everyone

Research from the National Organization of Disability suggests that people with disabilities are very likely to say their faith is important to them, but are more likely to not attend... read more >

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Ministering to Veterans

There is an increasing need for faith communities to partner in the readjustment process of soldiers returning home, as many as 30 percent of whom may struggle with Post Traumatic... read more >

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How to Raise Volunteers; Avoid Indentured Servants

Synagogues, and all congregations, reward successful volunteers with more opportunities to volunteer. Although people do not usually volunteer for personal recognition and gain, appreciation, recognition and celebration of their gifts... read more >

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What Brings You Happiness?

At Harvard Business Review, why the pursuit of money isn't bringing you joy -- and what will. [Read more]. "If there...

Communion Wafers: The Fine Art of Faith and Breadmaking

"The Order of the Brothers of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel, or simply Carmelites, is a Roman Catholic...

Indiana Media Expands with Lily Foundation Help

WFYI Public Media and the eight other Indiana Public Broadcasting stations that make up IPB News will soon be hiring...

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