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Stories of Hope for Faith Communities

The resurrection announces to the world and confirms for Christians that God provides abundant gifts. Here are stories of hopeful and hope-filled communities that provide innovative ministry to reconnect readers... read more >

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Resurrecting a Dead Church

When Methodist pastor Gil Wise arrived at the dark, dirty storefront church in 2000, he didn’t know if the collection plate would provide enough to keep the doors open another... read more >

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Leadership and Authority Structure - Video

In human institutions, there are two kinds of challenges: technical challenges are problems that can be solved by the institution’s existing knowhow; adaptive challenges are problems that require new learning... read more >

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Promoting Congregational Vitality

All congregations have strengths, but not in all the same areas. And when congregations focus on using their strengths effectively, they become even stronger. An understanding of a congregation’s strengths... read more >

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Growing old gracefully

Older members make up a sizable portion of many congregations. Churches can find help online for meeting their spiritual needs.

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From accessibility to inclusion

Congregations have made great strides in making houses of worship more accessible to people with disabilities. Now they must move toward including them as equal members in the life of the church.

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Energy efficiency sends message of stewardship

Bikes help save energy

From bike racks to gardens, congregations can give testimony to their green values.

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Practical theology examines how people live out their faith

Often relegated to specialists, theology can better be understood as a process of recognizing a church’s distinctive practices.

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Managing conflict constructively

Left to fester, conflict can lead church members to leave, finances to plummet, faith to be forever lost. It doesn’t have to be this way.

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What Promotes Church Growth?

Key findings from the U.S. Congregational Life Survey indicate that church growth is a consequence of four key strengths: personal invitations from members, good worship experiences, a follow-up process that... 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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