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Effective Building Projects Resources

The Center for Congregations offers workshops and resources to help engage congregations in effective building projects, offering guidance in: (1) congregational self-reflection, internal and external needs assessment, and strategic planning;... read more >

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Looking Within and Stepping Beyond

Effective growth and transformational programs begin with introspection. That’s the message of these stories of four Indiana congregations that embarked on the challenge of understanding themselves and their ministry locations,... read more >

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Hospitality Leads to Renewal

This article contains accounts of congregations engaged in renewal by restoring their vision of hospitality in the midst of congregational change. Read about a historic black church pastor breaking tradition... read more >

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Four Accounts of Congregational Transformation

“In churches, it’s so easy to turn our chairs inward and talk to ourselves about ourselves. But that’s not what it’s about. We need to keep our chairs facing outward,”... read more >

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Innovative Ministry in Experimental Urban Churches

One young church posts background information on key proposals to the church’s website prior to annual meetings so members can log in, read, and vote online, ahead of time. Another... read more >

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Conflict in Congregations: What we’ve Learned

No congregation is immune to conflict, however if conflict is not handled well it can shatter the heart and soul of a faith community. Rightly handled, conflict can be an... read more >

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Wise Use of Management Software

Keeping track of a vital, bustling congregation can be a challenge. From emails and committee meetings to directory photos and contribution records, the task of maintaining up-to-date information is monumental.... read more >

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Wise Use of Fundraising Consultants

Growth, expansion, remodeling, and repairs often require generating new money. Professional fundraising consultants can use their expertise to bring a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment to a congregation's efforts. However,... read more >

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Group Processes That Create Positive Change

Group process programs such as Asset Mapping, Appreciative Inquiry, World Café, and Open Space Technology are gaining momentum as congregations look for ways to emphasize and utilize their strengths to... read more >

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Plethora of Congregational Resources

The "Using Resources" series of publications by the Center for Congregations is designed to help congregations make the most effective use of their assets and resources, things like capital funds,... 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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