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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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The Role of Consultants in Strategic Planning

Well-developed strategic plans provide multiple benefits to congregations. These include a deeper sense of belonging, a more efficient and effective use of resources, and a stronger sense of shared vision... read more >

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Church Conflict Interventions

Conflict is a challenge for congregations. But, when handled properly, it can open up the lines of communication, introduce introspective thinking and result in positive changes. The Center for Congregations,... read more >

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Tech News for Faith Communities

Keep abreast of changes in technology and regulations relevant to congregations that use technology as part of their worship and communication practices. The “Tech News” blog by Center for Congregations... read more >

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The Power of Telling Stories

Life has a narrative quality to it. Faith communities are shaped by their stories. Stories testify to the rhythm of a congregation’s institutional life, help people know where the faith... read more >

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Franklin College Master's Program Gift

"A $150,000 gift from Drs. Leonard and Teresa Bissonnette will help support Franklin College's new Master of Science in...

Working Hands

The Work of the Hands by Carolina Hinojosa-Cisneros ... It’s with open hands that we welcome the stranger, open up...

International Peacemaker on Syrian Refugee Crisis at Union Seminary

Dr. Mary Mikhael, a native of Syria, will visit Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond October 3, 2018, to address the...

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