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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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Best Practices for Technology Use

Every congregation that yearns to be vibrant in the 21st century needs to embrace technology. Technology has become an indispensable element in congregational effectiveness. This article outlines some best practices... read more >

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The Power of Story

There are lots of stories of hope and renewal taking place in Indianapolis’ east side. C. Christopher Smith tells the hopeful story of his church, Englewood Christian Church, in his book, The... read more >

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10 Lessons for Sacred Space Projects

Buildings communicate a congregation’s beliefs about worship, identity, purpose and more. This message can either reinforce or detract from a congregation’s mission. To assure your congregation’s renovation or building project... read more >

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Conservative Commencement Address 

"Harvard professor Danielle Allen's commence address at Pomona College was among the best at this year's graduations,...

A Sea of iPhones in Churches - Is It A Good Thing?

Episcopal Bishop Michael Curry delivered at the royal wedding a few weeks ago drew notice around the world for its...

All Over The World Young People Tend To Be Less Religious

"Recent surveys have found that younger adults are far less likely than older generations to identify with a...

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