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Turning Ideas Into Action

One of the most difficult tasks church leaders face is taking ideas, even good ideas, from the discussion stage through implementation and incorporation, and evolving them into the customs, traditions... read more >

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Impacting the neighborhood around your church

Congregations have an enormous impact on their surrounding communities by providing public ministry, neighborhood programs, space availability and more, says director of Partners for Sacred Spaces Elizabeth Terry. Properly understanding your... read more >

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Sustainable Institutions, Like Ecosystems, Utilize God’s Generous Provision

Elegant design of an institutional “ecosystem” involves fundamentally responding to God’s generous provision, thinking in terms of not just the physical space and the short-term problems, but the people, ideas, services, networks,... read more >

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The Coffeehouse Church: Blending Tradition and Innovation

One of the great challenges contemporary clergy face is how to lead during dramatic cultural transformation; how to honor tradition while creating innovative ways of being the church of Jesus... read more >

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Open to All: Including the Disabled in Your Church Community

Everyone needs God, says Nick Vujicic, a Christian evangelist born with a rare condition characterized by the absence of all four limbs. Vujicic, who preaches to packed churches around the globe, credits... read more >

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Care for Creation: Christian Discipleship as a Living Practice

In our deepest being, we are connected to Earth, as reflected in the story of creation.  In our connection, we bring forth life and find our delight, for we are... read more >

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Exploring the Economics of Monasticism

Western culture celebrates the “magic of the market” and claims as a truism that “communism doesn’t work.” It seems almost paradoxical, then, that monasteries – entities organized internally on socialist... read more >

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Welcoming and Integrating the Disabled

Everyone has a disability; everyone needs God, says Nick Vujicic, an evangelist with no arms or legs who preaches to packed churches around the globe. However, few U.S. churches have... read more >

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Design Guidelines for Church Renovations

Church architecture and landscaping make a significant difference in how well a church welcomes visitors. When members enter through side doors that open into labyrinthine corridors that lead to the... 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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