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The Role of Middle Judicatories in Creating Connections

This paper addresses the middle judicatory challenge of showing congregations that are, or wish to be, autonomous that they are also partners in mission with other congregations, agencies and offices... read more >

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Strategies for the Education and Oversight of Lay Certified Clergy

Judicatories with a substantial number of small, relatively isolated congregations with empty pulpits are experimenting with designing programs to train church members to serve as certified or locally-restricted ordained clergy.... read more >

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What Judicatories and Churches Seek in a New Senior Pastor

Churches typically want their new clergy to be a mid-30s male, married with young children. He should possess 15 years experience, be able to fit well within the existing culture,... read more >

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Strategies to Interest Large Churches in Assisting Small Churches

Most often, pastors of large congregations have opportunities and challenges that are completely unlike those facing average-sized and small congregations. Consequently, large-church clergy have little in common with most church... read more >

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What Lay People Want in Pastors

Lay people want a pastor who can laugh. That's what denominational executives and lay members in seven denominations said during a comprehensive study of what people want in a pastor.... read more >

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Bibliography of Scholarly Writing about Denominations

Here is a bibliography of scholarly books and articles on denominational study collated and maintained by the Hartford Institute for Religion Research. Where available, books have embedded links to facilitate... read more >

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Judicatory Niches and Negotiations

Under denominational pressure to grow churches and membership, middle judicatory executives wrestle with the question of how much of their resources should go to strengthening congregations attracting and holding their... read more >

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The Role of Judicatories in Interpreting Denominational Identity

National denominations expect regional judicatories to actively promote denominational loyalty among their congregations. However, members of congregations are increasingly divided in their sense of loyalty to the denomination and its... read more >

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Subtly Proactive: Judicatories and Their Congregations

Church members today will not be coerced or treated as subservient. Church pastoral leadership must now be oriented toward influencing, directing, coordinating, and guiding the thought and behavior of persons... read more >

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Meeting needs of small parishes

Most judicatories have at least several congregations with open pulpits that cannot pay enough to attract a full time pastor, and new clergy who resist opportunities to pastor small churches.... read more >

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Support for Rural Pastors

Grove City College received a nearly $1 million grant to help establish the Project on Rural Ministry. It’s an outreach...

Sunday Church Servicing in the Wake of Hurricane Michael

"Church leaders knew the Sunday following the storm would be important and necessary in what's expected to be a...

Relationship Across Rupture

On Being with Sally Kohn & Erick Erickson, “Relationship Across Rupture”Two lightning-rod figures on...

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