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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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Using Technology to Communicate within a Synagogue

Used indiscriminately, technology can create distance among congregation members and staff. Used skillfully, it can be a valuable tool to help congregations keep track of their most precious resources –... read more >

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Selecting a Bible Software Package

Bible software packages abound and no single one is best or right for all congregations. The Center for Congregations offers numerous technology resources, including a brief article in which technology writer... read more >

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Mainline Christian and Jewish Decline not Foreordained

In a November, 2006 blog Rabbi Aaron Spiegel compared mainline Christian decline to that of Judaism. He cited evidence that the difficulty facing mainline Christianity is not so much a... read more >

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Take Your Leadership Team to a Training Event

Attending a conference or workshop provides lay members of your congregation with fresh ideas and new insights and generates enthusiasm. A group also brings diverse lenses to the event, generates... read more >

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Using Technology to Support Congregational Goals

What is the least technology you need to achieve the most for your congregation? How do you decide which technological advances to integrate and which to pass by? Using the... read more >

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Technology and Web Use for Congregations

Most people think that blogging is of interest only to the MTV crowd, like hip-hop, IM, or ringtones, Brian Bailey writes in his book, "The Blogging Church." They couldn’t be... read more >

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Transcending Negative Trends

Focusing on the positive qualities of the congregation rather than dwelling on the problems and weaknesses can transform members' perspectives and mobilize them to think and act differently regarding the... read more >

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Sermon Inspiration for Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

A Calm Heart in Troubled Waters "The Lord is our refuge and help in times of trouble (Psalm 9:9-20). With God, the...

Tips on Thriving with Musical Staff

One thing is certain: church music ministry is a minefield these days. We are a visible presence, and it seems that...

Significance of Storytelling

“We Survive by Telling Stories” by Carolina Hinojosa-Cisneros Generational storytelling is a history book. It...

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