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Why the Mainline Has Become the Sideline and What to Do

Contemporary Mainline Protestantism remains largely stuck in a model of ministry and clergy development that is outdated and harmful to the future of mainline faith traditions, according to United Methodist... read more >

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People With Disabilities: Your Church's Great Overlooked Asset

One powerful service congregations can offer is to help persons with disabilities reach their fullest God-given potential. It begins by understanding and transforming your own perceptions, and continues by believing... read more >

2015 Survey to Include Focus on Young Adult Ministry

2015 Survey to Include Focus on Young Adult Ministry

The 2015 mid-decade FACT Faith Communities Today survey of American congregations of all religions will include a number of new items aimed at gathering new information about engaging young adults in worship.

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Embracing Spiritual Pilgrims Can Promote Church Viability

Museums have a problem. By 2012, the prolonged economic downturn had cut typical museum endowment earnings by 30 percent, forced schools to dramatically reduce their class field trips, and dried... read more >

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Life-Changing Ministry Develops From Cross-Race Friendships

In an effort to help unemployed and underemployed people, churches "tend to supply poor people with temporary help in the form of food, housing and clothing," says David Spickard, the... read more >

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Learn to Prune to Promote New Congregational Growth

Letting go is difficult. It is also an essential practice; without letting go, our lives, homes, business efforts, and social lives become tangled in the past and incapable of taking... read more >

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Filling the pews and reviving a stagnant church

One of the dangers of success is complacency. Take, for example, Bethlehem Steel, once the pre-eminent manufacturer of bar steel. Confident of its position, it ignored the inferior product of... read more >

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Unlock your Congregation's Gifts to Grow in Faith

Does your worship committee often find itself saying,  "We need to do something different to connect with young families and passive worship attendees." What is the way forward? Musician, composer,... read more >

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Engage, Don't Exclude Senior Church Members

Adults aged 80 and above are the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population, thanks to significant advances in medical science and an aging baby boomer population. Many of them will... read more >

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How Electronic Media are Changing Personal and Religious Identity

Perhaps the hardest concept for older Christians to grasp about younger people is that they do not "go between the church world and the Internet world. They just live in... read more >

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Children's Faith, Doubt and Silence

During a three-year longitudinal study launched by the Fuller Youth Institute, a parent with three post–high school...

Sermons For Those Struggling with Depression

On Sunday, before worshippers at Washington's National Cathedral, Michael Gerson, Washington Post columnist, delivered...

Lilly Endowment Launchs the Seventh Phase of its Giving Indiana Funds

"Last fall, Lilly Endowment launched the seventh phase of its Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow initiative (GIFT VII),...

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