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Will Catholicism survive in America?

Over the last 60 years, the percentage of rural U.S. Catholics has been on a steady decline. While that is not unique to Catholicism — both the United Methodist Church... read more >

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Prayer my way: Who’s who in America’s religious landscape?

What is the most religiously diverse area of the United States? That seemingly simple question, it turns out, isn’t so simple — it all depends on how one defines “diversity.”... read more >

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Fostering faith all week long

Christian educators need to lead people beyond “random acts of kindness” into shared patterns of life informed by the deep insights of our tradition, and beyond privatized spirituality into thoughtful... read more >

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Creating green space for clergy to renew and reenergize their ministry

In an innovative move, the Christian Reformed Church created the opportunity for groups of clergy to form fellowships to discover “green spaces” in their lives and ministries. As the program... read more >

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Breathing new life into a failing church

How does a typical struggling, urban Methodist church transform itself into a vibrant, outward-oriented faith community? By looking forward, not back, according to the Rev. Dr. Jim Harnish, who transferred... read more >

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Six Steps to Welcoming a New Church Pastor

Choosing a new pastor is a tough job for a search committee. The wrong decision can be disastrous for pastor and church. Religion researchers offer tips to get your faith community on the right track when recruiting a new pastor.

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Finding "Pastor Right": Why a Perfect Match Matters

Finding "Pastor Right": Why a Perfect Match Matters Insights into Relition Lilly Foundation Grants Bible pastors leadership

A congregation’s relationship with its pastor is kind of like a marriage, says religion researcher Cynthia Woolever. The wrong chemistry can lead to years of disappointment, stress and conflict. Woolever offers some key strategies for finding — and keeping — a pastor that's right for your church.

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Ten essential skills the next generation of religious leaders will need

Some skills are time-tested, such as listening and collaborating, but tomorrow’s religious leaders will also need to be entrepreneurial and communicate in new ways.

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Preparing a New Generation of Young Leaders

Faith communities are uniquely situated to nurture leadership skills and passion in tomorrow’s adults through faith-based youth programs that challenge, inspire and support emerging adults to become involved in making... read more >

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Volunteer Shortage Affects Church Food Programs

Joe and Judy Nesbit spent Tuesday afternoon taking stock of hundreds of food items filling the shelves of the Seventh-...

Lilly Gives $10 million for Duke's Lilly Library Renovation

"Our [Lilly] family's commitment to restore and expand Duke's library that bears the Lilly name comes from our hearts...

Strengthening Indianapolis Through Arts and Cultural Innovation

The Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc. announced the project Wednesday as one of nearly $49 million in grants for...

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