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How Churches Reach Out to their Communities

Research indicates there are five basic ways churches integrate sharing of faith and meeting social needs. Some congregations focus all of their efforts on meeting needs; some run parallel but... read more >


Congregations, Communities and Leadership Development

Case studies of 15 socially active Protestant congregations in the greater Philadelphia area yielded information on 2,044 church members who were involved in 172 local outreach ministries. This report presents... read more >


Church Women and Civic Involvement

There is a significant correlation between religious involvement and civic engagement. This set of regression analysis tables demonstrates a modest congregational effect on individual civic engagement. Membership in a mainline... read more >


Who is Involved in Advocacy and Outreach

In this technical paper, worshippers are categorized as advocates, almsgivers, activists, or abstainers, and these groups are subjected to a series of statistical analysis. The resulting charts, graphs and tables... read more >


Friendship Patterns among Worshippers

Discover who your congregational worshippers are friends with within their congregations, within other faith communities, and beyond faith circles in this report by Deborah Bruce of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)... read more >


How Worshippers Engage the Wider Community

Participation in a community of faith frequently leads to engagement with the wider community. Which worshippers engage, how they engage, and their objectives are summarized by Deborah Bruce from insights... read more >


Prayers Answered, Dreams Experienced

In this powerful sabbatical reflection, Pastor Tom Hux recounts his history with South African pastor Tshenuwani Simon Farisani, a one-time political prisoner who escaped to California. The two met when... read more >


Mainline Protestant Congregations: A Challenge

Most congregations see their core tasks as worship, religious education, and fellowship. However, mainline Protestant churches and Catholics do not make the organizational investment in supporting these tasks that African... read more >


Finders Keepers: a Sabbatical Reflection

Pastor Mike Mather had the rare privilege of receiving two sabbatical grants from the Lilly Endowment. The first, in 2000, was a six-month break that allowed him to take his... read more >


Africa and New Sight

In this sabbatical reflection on his trip through Africa on a Lilly Clergy Renewal Grant, Malcolm Young discusses the contrasts between North American society and living conditions, and the various... read more >





Holy Week Inspiration

In a few weeks, Christians around the world celebrate Holy Week and Easter, commemorating the final days of Jesus...

Encouraging Youth Away From Marijuana

   The legislative wars over marijuana are mostly trending in favor of those who support legalization. More...

Leadership La Porte County Hosts its 2nd Annual “Volunteer Expo” on April 19

Leadership La Porte County, Inc. was formed in 1984, with support from the Lilly Foundation, to encourage engaged...

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