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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 >

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How to Better Include People with Disabilities

Statistically, if your church has more than 150 people, you have members who fall on the Autism Spectrum, including Asperger Syndrome. Because one of the most debilitating aspects of a... read more >

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How to Create a Congregational Context in which Teens Thrive

What young adults are looking for is a Christian community in which "you can smell Jesus." That quote comes from a 20-something researcher for the Barna Group who made 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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When worshipers don't settle down: Adapting to Transients

Increasingly far-flung work and lifestyle opportunities are producing many Americans who not only do not have deep roots in any community, but may never grow them. However many still desire... read more >

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Five ways to keep the faith in a diverse community

How does your faith community support diversity? The Association of Theological Schools executive director Daniel Aleshire outlines five key practices that help establish and sustain diversity in any type of community,... read more >

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Prayer my way: Who’s who in America’s religious landscape?

What is the most religiously diverse area of the United States? That seemingly simple question, it turns out, isn’t so simple — it all depends on how one defines “diversity.”... read more >

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Keys to a Thriving Black Church

How can the black church thrive into the next century? The African American Lectionary, an organization that provides resources, perspective and support for historically black churches in the United States,... read more >

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Successful Congregations Work Together

Several conditions enhance a congregation’s ability to address the challenges and opportunities it faces, and they usually include simple but important lessons about working together and planning for the future... read more >

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Looking for Online Resources?

The Congregational Resource Guide (CRG) is an online tool designed to help leaders of all congregations find the right...

Is Pence Right About The Growth of Religion in the US?

"Religion in America isn’t receding. It’s just the opposite. Faith is gaining new life across America every day." —...

Apply for a Thriving in Ministry Grant

Lilly Endowment Inc. has announced a new grant program to help pastors thrive in congregational leadership and thus...

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