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Innovative Congregation Management Software

Often promoted as a "people care" system, not just a database, innovative, web-based content management programs focus on the individual from first contact with a congregation through their journey to... read more >

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“Life Together” Strategic Plan

The “Life Together: Thinking and Acting Strategically” program is a planning process and initiative by the Center for Congregations designed to enable congregations to creatively imagine and realize a future... read more >

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Using Twitter in Your Congregation

Congregations have been wild to know what Twitter can do for them, proven by the powerful turnout at presentations on the topic hosted by technology blogger Monique Cuvelier on her blog,... read more >

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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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Volunteer Shortage Affects Church Food Programs

Joe and Judy Nesbit spent Tuesday afternoon taking stock of hundreds of food items filling the shelves of the Seventh-...

Lilly Gives $10 million for Duke's Lilly Library Renovation

"Our [Lilly] family's commitment to restore and expand Duke's library that bears the Lilly name comes from our hearts...

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...

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