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Looking Within and Stepping Beyond

Effective growth and transformational programs begin with introspection. That’s the message of these stories of four Indiana congregations that embarked on the challenge of understanding themselves and their ministry locations,... read more >

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Strategic Planning: What We’ve Learned

Congregational vitality is greatly enhanced by regular cyclical moments of strategic planning. And every congregation needs to re-evaluate its direction and intention as it approaches the crucial 40-year mark in... read more >

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Working Well with Architects

Challenges are inherent to any architectural project but these barriers can be minimized with good planning, open lines of communication, and an ongoing awareness of the true goals of the... read more >

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Conducting a Facilities Assessment

Congregations are often uncertain about how best to maintain and repair their sacred spaces. A thorough professional assessment of your facilities will provide crucial information about your building’s condition. It... read more >

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Wise Use of Fundraising Consultants

Growth, expansion, remodeling, and repairs often require generating new money. Professional fundraising consultants can use their expertise to bring a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment to a congregation's efforts. However,... read more >

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Making the Most of your Grant

Get the most out of a grant application and program implementation process. This two-page article by the Center for Congregations discusses ways to benefit from preparing to apply, applying for,... read more >

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The Role of Consultants in Strategic Planning

Well-developed strategic plans provide multiple benefits to congregations. These include a deeper sense of belonging, a more efficient and effective use of resources, and a stronger sense of shared vision... read more >

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Church Conflict Interventions

Conflict is a challenge for congregations. But, when handled properly, it can open up the lines of communication, introduce introspective thinking and result in positive changes. The Center for Congregations,... read more >

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Best-Practice Advice for Expansions, Renovations and Construction

The Center for Congregations, an Indianapolis-based organization that supports congregations by helping them find the best resources available to address their needs, offers advice, workshops, speakers, resources and events related... read more >

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Capital Campaign Fundraising Benefits

A capital campaign is a special fundraising effort for a specified project. Successful capital campaigns involve the entire membership and are based on a shared vision for the future of... read more >

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Are There Guns in Your Church

Connie Peterson is an accountant whose work requires a calculator, not a weapon. But she doesn’t go anywhere without...

6/10 Religiously Unaffiliated Americans are Athiest, Agnostic or “Nothing in Particular”

"A growing share of Americans are religiously unaffiliated. We recently asked a representative sample of more...

Art and Music Helping To Survive The Worst

“How do we survive when the worst happens? What are the mechanisms?” For Joe Carter, one answer was in spirituals —...

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