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Openness, Humility Key to Leading in Uncertain Times

Many institutions, including local churches, have heard that they need to change their internal culture in order to stay current with the changing world around them, but the nature of... read more >

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Strategies for Leadership Development on a Budget

Jesus says that where your treasure is, there is where your heart will be. However, even though leaders of Christian institutions say they treasure leadership development, according to Laura Everett... read more >

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Applying for Grants: The Basics of Faculty Grant Proposals

What makes for a solid grant proposal? Although most faculty are competent at writing in the academic genres of their field of study, grant-writing is a separate genre, with a... read more >

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Create Healthy, Positive Congregational Change

The process of congregational change can be frustrating, at best. At worst, committee members can become defensive, resistant and oppositional. Church members might leave, or withdraw their financial support or... read more >

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The Aims & Purposes of Theological Education: A Study Guide

During the two decades since 1980, the theological schools of North America have pursued a reappraisal of their fundamental aims and purposes.

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Christian Unity: Local Movements & Congregational Implications

Paul E. Grabill, of State College Assembly of God in State College, Pennsylvania, proposes that an emerging “City Church” movement may well bring about a “New Reformation” of American Protestantism by generating a transdenominational, relationally driven unity among Christian congregations at the local level.

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The Integration of Preaching & Transformational Leadership

Convinced that preaching is the primary spiritual discipline for parish leaders and yet must be connected to effective leadership in other dimensions of congregational life, Mariann Edgar Budde, of St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church in Minneapolis, pursued two projects during her sabbatical.

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The Ministry of Mentoring in the 21st Century Church

Amy McCreath, an Episcopal chaplain at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, considers the historic and present needs and challenges for Christian mentoring especially with what she calls the present "open source" generation in a post-modern society of increasing complexity.

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The Postmodern Parish: New Ministry for a New Era

Gary Mathieson, of Shepherd of the Hill Presbyterian Church in Puyallup, Washington, recounts how he involved elders from his congregation in designing his Lilly Clergy Renewal Grant sabbatical not for him alone but for both him and the congregation.

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Weaving the Fabric of Our Faith

Glyn L. Ruppe-Melnyk of St. Francis-in-the-Fields, Malvern, Pennsylvania, describes through the metaphor of weaving how she and her congregation formulated a parallel sabbatical experience with Lilly’s Clergy Renewal Grant.

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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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