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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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Taking Time to Make Decisions

Experience shows that hasty decisions are often made in response to anxiety or discomfort. But congregations often make their best strategic decisions when they slow down. Slowing down is not... read more >

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Developing a Homegrown Theology

Homegrown theology involves the laity and clergy thoughtfully considering how to understand God in the light of everyday life. It is rooted in a particular community and arises from the... read more >

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Meeting God in Shared Silence

Increasingly, people appear to crave a quiet place. Congregations can use communal silence as a way to help members hear God speak to and empower them, individually and corporately. Holy... read more >

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Best Practices for Computers in Churches

Having and using computer technology is no longer optional for churches that want to be effective. Some best practices include creating a technology team, building member support, talking to other... read more >

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The Importance of a Good website

In 2005, 79 percent of American households included Internet users. Yet, most congregations use websites as little more than online brochures, when they could be powerful outreach and society-shaping tools.... read more >

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Creating a Space for Children and Youth

Recognizing the importance of reaching out to the next generation, many congregations have put their energies into building Family Life Centers. The Center for Congregations' report, Congregations and Family Life Centers,... 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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