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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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Reaching Out to Neighbors

What is involved in offering ministry to people who live near your church? Many congregations are practicing their faith by reaching outside their doors to meet the emotional, spiritual and often... read more >

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Capital Campaign Fundraising Benefits

A capital campaign is a special fundraising effort for a specified project. Successful capital campaigns involve the entire membership and are based on a shared vision for the future of... read more >

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Saving Energy at Church

When the Indianapolis Center for Congregations sponsored an energy audit in places of worship, the congregations that participated were surprised by the results. One church learned that their two-boiler heating... read more >

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Using interactive technology to enhance your ministry

Congregations have embraced technology to help with church administration, communicate with tech-savvy congregants, support religious education and enhance worship. The Indianapolis Center for Congregations supports area congregations by providing them... 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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