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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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Finding "Pastor Right": Why a Perfect Match Matters

A congregation’s relationship with its pastor is kind of like a marriage, says religion researcher Cynthia Woolever. The wrong chemistry can lead to years of disappointment, stress and conflict. Woolever offers some key strategies for finding — and keeping — a pastor that's right for your church.

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Preparing a New Generation of Young Leaders

Faith communities are uniquely situated to nurture leadership skills and passion in tomorrow’s adults through faith-based youth programs that challenge, inspire and support emerging adults to become involved in making... read more >

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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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So Much Better: How Peer Support Can Revive Pastors' Passion

In 2004, after nearly three decades as a pastor, the Rev. John Terpstra found himself straining to find joy and meaning in what he did for a living. He was in his early-50s and wondered what would come next.

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Best resources for church leaders

Insights Into Religion is a nondenominational nonprofit website that compiles some of the best information, tips, research, ideas and inspiration for pastors and church leaders, religious and spiritual seekers, students, administrators, and anyone wishing to learn more about religion and spirituality and how faith affects the world. Whether you're looking for a quick sermon idea, spiritual support in times of doubt, information about people of other faiths, or practical tips on using the Internet to further your mission, our affiliates — organizations and websites funded by the Lilly Endowment's Religion Division — have the information you're seeking.

A look at American mosques

A look at American mosques

"The American Mosque 2011," a study written by Dr. Ihsan Bagby, explores the basic characteristics of the American mosque and attitudes of mosque leaders.

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The Power of a Positive Congregation: Indiana workshop

Discover the power of positive change. The Center for Congregations hosts Flourishing Congregations: Moving from Dreams to Reality, an exciting, hands-on educational experience exploring positive change processes and how they can... read more >

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A Piano for Christmas

It’s never too early for a great Christmas ad. This is from the folks at John Lewis in Great Britain, who every year...

Can Religion Unite America?

    Calling out racism in American churches, David Gushee, the outgoing president of the American Academy of...

Are American's Religious Communities Unique?

Two-thirds of U.S. Christians pray daily, compared with a median of just 18 percent of Christians across 15 countries...

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