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The Role of Grants in Churches

As Sunday offerings decline because of the recession, church leaders might consider grants to replace lost resources. Granting agencies want to see their money spent to help the broader community... read more >

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Encouraging Judicatory Self-Transformation

Caught in the middle of changes in how judicatories and congregations understand their relationship, middle judicatories increasingly have to transform themselves from enforcers of denominational policies into providers of congregational... read more >

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Lilly Fellows Program Regional Conference Grants

Lilly Fellows Program regional conferences and workshops provide opportunities to examine topics of special significance to faculty, administrators, and students at a particular institution or group of institutions; or, matters... read more >

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Lilly Fellows Program Network Exchange Program Grants

Lilly Fellows Program Network Exchange Program grants are designed to allow Network member institutions to showcase distinctive aspects of their school that highlight the Christian, or church-related, characteristics of their... read more >

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Faculty Risk Losing Professional Autonomy

The 1915 Declaration of Principles of the American Association of University Professors proposed a social contract featuring a high degree of professional autonomy in return for a commitment to self-regulation... read more >

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Ten Basic Board Responsibilities

BoardSource, an organization dedicated to building exceptional nonprofit boards, has produced 10 short videos, each explaining one of the basic responsibilities of a nonprofit board. Topics include “Hire the Chief... read more >

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Strategic planning keeps congregations focused on mission

Strategic planning is “a structured conversation about what a group of people believe God calls them to be or to do," write Gil Rendle and Alice Mann in their book,... read more >

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Strategic Choices for Theological Schools: The Big Picture

What steps do struggling theological schools need to take to become superstars? What do these schools need to do to maintain their health? Strategic planning has become standard practice in... read more >

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Improve Judicatory Support for Churches

Middle judicatories need to become missionaries to their shrinking congregations to help local churches reverse their declines. This excerpt from Transforming Regional Bodies identifies effective, proven strategies that middle judicatories... read more >

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Using the Political Frame to Understand Conflict

Politics is inherent in human enterprise, including congregations. In his essay, "The Political Frame," church consultant and researcher David Roozen of the Hartford Institute for Religion Research articulates a political... read more >

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Conservative Commencement Address 

"Harvard professor Danielle Allen's commence address at Pomona College was among the best at this year's graduations,...

A Sea of iPhones in Churches - Is It A Good Thing?

Episcopal Bishop Michael Curry delivered at the royal wedding a few weeks ago drew notice around the world for its...

All Over The World Young People Tend To Be Less Religious

"Recent surveys have found that younger adults are far less likely than older generations to identify with a...

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