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Transformation Resources That Best Fit Your Church

As a result of listening to congregational leaders describe their experiences, the Indianapolis Center for Congregations has come to believe that many resources offered to congregations do not match the... read more >

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Fitting Buildings to Congregations

Whether yours is a new congregation making decisions about when, where and what to build, or a long-established church prioritizing repairs and renovations, a simple 3-stage process will clarify your... read more >

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Addressing Financial Concerns in Uncertain Times

As the economy slowly improves, congregational leaders continue to provide pastoral care related to unemployment and financial stress. The Indianapolis Center for Congregations held a workshop, inviting church leaders to discuss and share... read more >

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Governing an Effective Congregation

Congregations that have been most effective at moving from thinking strategically to acting strategically have boards that are more interested in governing than managing. Governing boards think about identity, expectations,... read more >

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Computer Products Congregations Use

The Indianapolis Center for Congregations offers a brief survey of congregational management software used by faith communities, including trends in web-based services, new products, and online security. The Center for Congregations... read more >

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95 Theses of Church Technology

Rich Melheim, founder of Faith Inkubators, has boiled down the importance of technology to congregations into the “95 Melheimian Theses of Church Technology,” an article on the website of the... read more >

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What Congregations Think About Social Networking

An unscientific 2009 survey of 175 congregations, provided some interesting results, according to the Center for Congregations. Two-thirds of congregations do not have a MySpace or Facebook group, 87 percent... read more >

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30 Ways to Use Twitter

Many congregations are eager to learn what Twitter can do for them; others haven’t even considered the possibilities. The article, "I Twitter.  Do you?" on the website of the Center... read more >

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Selecting the Right Congregational Management Software

If you are considering the purchase of a Congregational Management Software (CMS) program, you need to match the program with your church needs and culture. This helpful resource, offered by... read more >

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How to Raise Volunteers; Avoid Indentured Servants

Synagogues, and all congregations, reward successful volunteers with more opportunities to volunteer. Although people do not usually volunteer for personal recognition and gain, appreciation, recognition and celebration of their gifts... read more >

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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...

$2 Miilion for Community Foundation of Southern Indiana

The Community Foundation of Southern Indiana has received a grant of $2 million as part of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s...

Answering A Call For Help

Anyone who belongs to a large, extended family network that includes people living in poverty knows about that phone...

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