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Top Issues Facing the African American Community

The African American Lectionary Project surveyed 10,000 African American clergy of all denominations in 2006 and found then that the top three concerns were: strengthening men and boys, strengthening families,... read more >

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Crucial Survey Results about Adventist Congregations

The Seventh Day Adventist Church in America participated in the Faith Communities Today (FACT) 2000 interfaith survey of 14,300 American faith communities from 41 different denominations and faith groups. In... read more >

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Christians, Culture and Power

Christians are very hesitant to talk about power, imagining power negatively as coercion. But power as the ability to create new goods is a part of the God-given nature of... read more >

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A New Shape for Christianity in a Post-Christian Era

Though mainline pastors may be mourning the passing of Christianity’s social dominance in the United States, those who have eyes might see that Christianity is not dying, but changing shape.... read more >

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Stories—sacred and secular—can transform congregations

Alban is a learning institution. One way we learn is to be with really gifted people and to put a topic on the table and learn from their experience.

— Jim Wind, President, Alban Institute

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The Best Way to Raise Funds in Hard Economic Times

In an economic contraction, leaders have an opportunity to ground their membership's understanding of giving in the context of spiritual growth. That is, to focus not on fundraising, but on... read more >

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Strategizing Ministry Maintenance in a Lean Economy

Anticipating that financial gifts would be reduced as a result of the declining U.S. economy, the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship developed strategies to manage the expected shortfall. Steps included reducing small... read more >

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Talking About Money at Church

Reflecting on our personal habits and attitudes about money and connecting them to biblical and theological wisdom is a critical discipline for Christian leadership, says the Rev. Kevin R. Armstrong... read more >

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Watchfulness, Vision and The Future

It's a good word for the church. In his instructions to the church at Colossae, Paul asks his readers to be watchful....

Poll Out on Prayers of the Non-Religious

For many non-believers, it is an instinctive response to a crisis: “Please, God.” So perhaps it should not be...

Sermons for President's Day from Indiana University

War of 1812 in the collections of the Lilly Library at Indiana University:   Before the War, The War - 1812...

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