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Congregational Life Assessment Resources

Hartford Seminary’s Hartford Institute for Religion Research offers three free self-assessment inventories, which assess member perspectives on church programs and clergy needs. The responses of the 11,386 respondents in 84... 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. In... 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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The Relationship Between Congregations and Middle Judicatories Part 2

In this essay, church researcher Loren Mead summarizes the way each of eight dynamics affects how a particular congregation may understand its place on a continuum of relationship to its... read more >

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The Relationship Between Congregations and Middle Judicatories Part 1

The relationship between a congregation and its regional body is almost always problematic, but the specific problem is hard to predict. In this paper, researcher Loren Mead introduces eight key... read more >

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The Generation Gap May Be Smaller Than Many Suppose

Generational differences do exist. The WWII generation puts a high emphasis on honesty and loyalty in the context of expecting leadership to be authoritative and relationships to be hierarchical; Baby... read more >

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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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Are There Guns in Your Church

Connie Peterson is an accountant whose work requires a calculator, not a weapon. But she doesn’t go anywhere without...

6/10 Religiously Unaffiliated Americans are Athiest, Agnostic or “Nothing in Particular”

"A growing share of Americans are religiously unaffiliated. We recently asked a representative sample of more...

Art and Music Helping To Survive The Worst

“How do we survive when the worst happens? What are the mechanisms?” For Joe Carter, one answer was in spirituals —...

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