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Pastoral imagination brings church from 4 to 4,000 members

Catholic priest Jack Wall inherited a church with four members in 1983. Twenty years later, the parish served 4,000 parishioners from all over the greater Chicago area. As part of... read more >


Clergy that Shape Congregations

In this wide-ranging interview centered around the book, God’s Potters, researcher Jackson Carroll discusses the four historic roles clergy have played – ministry as office, as profession, as calling, and... read more >


Resurrecting Excellence in Ministry

“Resurrecting Excellence” is excellence centered on Jesus Christ. The goal is to lay down self interest and take up the interests of others. In this interview, L. Gregory Jones discusses... read more >


Teaching Christians to Be Leaders in the World

When he was president of Duke Divinity School, Greg Jones created an initiative to reach, equip and provide ongoing resources for current and future institutional leaders in the church. In... read more >


A Sabbatical Reflection on Sabbath Rest

“A week is not complete until there is rest in it.” That articulation of the concept of Sabbath marks the beginning of a profound new reality for the Rev. Dorisanne... read more >


A Conversation with Christian Smith on Youth

The National Study of Youth and Religion revealed that teens are more like their parents than popular media and common stereotypes suggest. What parents do matters to their teens; what... read more >


Why Teens Choose Church

It used to be that when children were raised in a faith tradition they grew into its wisdom as they matured. Now, many teens choose their religion. And they do... read more >


How American Teens Experience Life

An exploration of teens across racial and ethnic lines produces interesting insights. African-American and Hispanic teens were closer to their parents than Euro-American and Asian-American teens, and were more likely... read more >


The Ministry of Mentoring

Mentoring is a form of friendship in which the mentor acts as companion and supports the protege in developing an authentic self. Christian mentors assist a protege in being Christ-like,... read more >


An Overview of American Mainline Protestantism

For decades, Mainline Protestant pastors and institutions shaped the educational, social and cultural life of the United States. But a variety of demographic changes have led to the decline of... read more >





Holy Week Inspiration

In a few weeks, Christians around the world celebrate Holy Week and Easter, commemorating the final days of Jesus...

Encouraging Youth Away From Marijuana

   The legislative wars over marijuana are mostly trending in favor of those who support legalization. More...

Leadership La Porte County Hosts its 2nd Annual “Volunteer Expo” on April 19

Leadership La Porte County, Inc. was formed in 1984, with support from the Lilly Foundation, to encourage engaged...

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