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Looking Within and Stepping Beyond

Effective growth and transformational programs begin with introspection. That’s the message of these stories of four Indiana congregations that embarked on the challenge of understanding themselves and their ministry locations,... read more >

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Reaching Out to Neighbors

What is involved in offering ministry to people who live near your church? Many congregations are practicing their faith by reaching outside their doors to meet the emotional, spiritual and often... read more >

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Survey Public Perceptions of Your Institution

What does the general public think of your institution? How do political, business, education, community service and philanthropic leaders perceive your organization? Conduct your own survey of community perceptions of... read more >

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Baylor Survey: Measuring Religious Values

The Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion received a major three-year grant to conduct a nationally representative multi-year study of religious values, practices, and behaviors with regard to consumption of... read more >

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Alban Institute Blogs Offer Opportunities to Explore Ministry

The Alban Institute, a major resource for American congregations facing the challenges of a changing society, hosts several blogs that offer you an opportunity to join conversations on current topics,... read more >

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Introducing a Theology of Articulation

The Theology of Articulation requires testimony, community and authenticity as it seeks to put words to the experience of incarnation in the daily lives of suffering people. The concept grew... read more >

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How Congregations do Social Service

In this chapter from the 2004 book, Congregations in America, Mark Chaves argues that churches typically engage in social services in a peripheral way. Most try to meet individual emergency... read more >

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Faith-Based Initiatives – the Impact on Churches

The 1996 reform to the federal welfare program included a provision allowing faith communities to compete for federal social service dollars. Using comparative data from the National Congregations Study, this... read more >

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Can Congregations Provide Enough Social Service?

In 1998 the average church had $1,000 in savings and just 11 percent had a one-year financial cushion. Between 1965 and 1994, the percentage of Americans regularly attending worship dropped... read more >

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An Insightful Leadership Blog

The Call & Response daily blog offers intriguing discussion about religious leadership. The blog, described as “your space for daily insight, inspiration and discussion about Christian leadership,” posts items that... read more >

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Rose and Cal promote shared joy with religious humor across traditions

The first Ahead of the Trend in 2019 celebrates two couples who have never given up hope that understanding can make...

Disruption, Death and the Old Testament

The Old Testament has its roots in two great disruptions: the collapse of the Late Bronze Age geopolitical system and...

Great Faith Hand in Hand with Great Sleep, Says Study

 A strong faith could be the key to a good night’s sleep, according to a study released this week in the Journal...

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