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Take The Opportunity To Connect With Marginal Church Members During Holiday Influx

Holiday Greeters Welcome New Church Members Take The Opportunity To Connect With Marginal Church Members During Holiday Influx Lilly Foundation Funding Grants Insights into Religion News

The winter holiday season generates the greatest “marginal member” traffic into our churches. Those folks, who almost never attend throughout the year, respond to the traditional pull or their sense of obligation, and reconnect with the church community during this holy season. 

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Creating Effective, Life-Changing Sermons

We live in a time in which a “lack of belief in absolutes,” causes preachers to be hesitant to proclaim and honor Scripture, according to Dr. E. Dewey Smith Jr.,... read more >

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How Successful Faith Communities Attract, Keep Young Adults

Several demographic factors are creating impediments to young adults participating in faith communities. One is the increasing gap between leaving home and getting married. “The average age of first marriage... read more >

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Two Churches Merging Into One Large Community

Research indicates that about 3,500 U.S. churches close their doors every year. In that environment, many church leaders find themselves focusing on how to keep their church doors open. But... read more >

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Learning (and Relearning) How To Be Hospitable

When Mount Vernon United Methodist Church in Washington, D.C., engaged in prayer and imagination to transform itself into a younger congregation, they decided to engage in a major restructuring of... read more >

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Sing the Catechism: The Power of Music for Faith Formation

The notion of using music to teach Scripture may seem difficult to pastors and worship leaders, especially those who lead small congregations. However Boyne City, Michigan, pastor Elizabeth Broschart says... read more >

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Engaging Your Church in the Local Community Takes Courage, Time

In the 1990s, Atlanta developer and philanthropist Tom Cousins brought together business, government and community leaders to transform the poverty- and crime-plagued East Lake neighborhood through a “holistic approach to... read more >

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Does Traditional Church Even Apply Anymore? Why A Tent-Maker’s Ministry Makes Evangelical Sense

Can churches and church members interact with non-churched people on a regular basis outside the walls of the church? What does that look like? What can it look like? For... read more >

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The Jewish Example of Gender Equality

Gender equality has reached a level of integration in American Jewish families not witnessed in other places, according to recent research. Using data from the 2000-2001 National Jewish Population Survey,... read more >

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$80 Million to Support 11 Human Services Agencies

The Lilly Foundation: Grants totaling $80 million to 11 human-services agencies that serve people with disabilities and...

Landrum Bolling, Earlham College Past president Passes At 104

Landrum Bolling, a 15-year president of Earlham College who also worked to achieve peace in the Middle East, has died...

Watchfulness, Vision and The Future

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