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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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Large, Wealthy Congregations and Their Judicatories

In this essay, church researcher Loren Mead distinguishes between large congregations and wealthy congregations, noting that large is a contextual term, depending upon the churchs denomination, and wealthy churches are... read more >

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When a Judicatory Can Intervene to Promote Church Change

Congregations are open to judicatory influence at key moments: at the change of a pastor, in times of church conflict, in the planning and execution of regional activities and programs,... read more >

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Looking for Online Resources?

The Congregational Resource Guide (CRG) is an online tool designed to help leaders of all congregations find the right...

Is Pence Right About The Growth of Religion in the US?

"Religion in America isn’t receding. It’s just the opposite. Faith is gaining new life across America every day." —...

Apply for a Thriving in Ministry Grant

Lilly Endowment Inc. has announced a new grant program to help pastors thrive in congregational leadership and thus...

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