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American Mainline Protestantism: A Study Guide

During the early part of the 20th century, a coalition of members of several denominational traditions known as Mainline Protestants shaped the public religious culture of the United States.

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Christian Unity: Local Movements & Congregational Implications

Paul E. Grabill, of State College Assembly of God in State College, Pennsylvania, proposes that an emerging “City Church” movement may well bring about a “New Reformation” of American Protestantism by generating a transdenominational, relationally driven unity among Christian congregations at the local level.

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A Clergy Sabbatical: God’s 'Set-Aside' for the Soul

Lawrence Pray, of First Congregational UCC in Big Timber, Montana, compares his sabbatical experience as a “set-aside time” akin to the practice of farmers when they "set aside" certain parts of their acreage so that the earth can be renewed and provide in the future more plentiful harvests.

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The Integration of Preaching & Transformational Leadership

Convinced that preaching is the primary spiritual discipline for parish leaders and yet must be connected to effective leadership in other dimensions of congregational life, Mariann Edgar Budde, of St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church in Minneapolis, pursued two projects during her sabbatical.

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Pastor Studies Future of ‘Name Brand’ American Protestant Church

Faced with a group of potential members from a new generation who drifted away after finding the church wanting, Robert Kyte, pastor at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Dalton, Massachusetts, employed his time on sabbatical to ask whether there is a future for the traditional "name brand" (Methodist, Presbyterian, Episcopal, Lutheran, UCC) American Protestant churches.

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Sabbatical Offers Pastor Flight from Fear, Pathway to a New Song

Andrea Leininger, of Bethel United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, Indiana, recognized that fear is the great enemy of faith until appreciated as an invitation from God to move beyond the distraction of fearing rejection, failure, change or death.

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Sabbatical Helps Revive Pastor’s Love for Community

Quoting Ron Heifetz's dictum that leaders need to "get to the balcony" every once in a while to gain perspective...

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How a Pastor’s Sabbatical Made Him Into a Leader-Coach

A second-career pastor, Fred Nelson, of the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Park Ridge, Illinois, has experienced congregational life and pastoral ministry the way most people do — from the "other side."

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Constellations of Meaning: Looking Beyond the Milky Way

Taking the advice she gave to new ministers that they should "read everything, love wildly and have fun," Catherine MacLean, of St. Paul's United Church in Edmonton, Canada, found in her Louisville Institute sabbatical that "carving study time — reading that doesn't have an immediate connection to Sunday — bears fruit in the practice of ministry."

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Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising

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Lilly Endowment awards $10 million grant to ATS

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