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Churches Going Beyond Ordinary

While all churches have weaknesses, every church has a divine calling that no other congregation has. A congregation can benefit from simultaneously building on its strengths and thinking about what... read more >


The Challenge of Mainline Denominational Leadership

Even as society is increasingly multiracial, Mainline Protestant denominations remain largely Caucasian. In order to facilitate an anti-racist and pro-reconciliation stance, churches need to evangelize, recruit, and train people of... 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 >


Will there be a shortage of black clergy?

Though black congregations are financially stable and functionally vital, young blacks are trending toward legal and medical careers rather than ministry. This pattern is leading to a shortage of next-generation... read more >


How Collegial Friendships Nurture Pastoral Agility

Collegial clergy friendships across denominational and theological lines can be “immeasurably rewarding” and can spark new vistas of pastoral imagination that benefit congregations and secular communities, according to pastor Lillian... read more >


Transitioning the Newly Ordained into Ministry

Vocational disillusionment plagues new pastors because the transition into ministry causes clergy idealism to run up against the reality of human congregations. To help pastors, judicatories need to use non... read more >


Educating Leaders for Ministry

Contemporary Roman Catholic ministry leadership training is challenged by the expanding diversity of students entering seminary; the difficulty students have in integrating theory and practice, self and community; and the... read more >


Pastoral imagination brings church from 4 to 4,000 members

Catholic priest Jack Wall inherited a church with four members in 1983. Twenty years later, the parish served 4,000 parishioners from all over the greater Chicago area. As part of... read more >


Clergy that Shape Congregations

In this wide-ranging interview centered around the book, God’s Potters, researcher Jackson Carroll discusses the four historic roles clergy have played – ministry as office, as profession, as calling, and... read more >


Resurrecting Excellence in Ministry

“Resurrecting Excellence” is excellence centered on Jesus Christ. The goal is to lay down self interest and take up the interests of others. In this interview, L. Gregory Jones discusses... 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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