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Best Practices for Technology Use

Every congregation that yearns to be vibrant in the 21st century needs to embrace technology. Technology has become an indispensable element in congregational effectiveness. This article outlines some best practices... read more >

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10 Lessons for Sacred Space Projects

Buildings communicate a congregation’s beliefs about worship, identity, purpose and more. This message can either reinforce or detract from a congregation’s mission. To assure your congregation’s renovation or building project... read more >

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Using Technology to Communicate within a Synagogue

Used indiscriminately, technology can create distance among congregation members and staff. Used skillfully, it can be a valuable tool to help congregations keep track of their most precious resources –... read more >

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Selecting a Bible Software Package

Bible software packages abound and no single one is best or right for all congregations. The Center for Congregations offers numerous technology resources, including a brief article in which technology writer... read more >

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Mainline Christian and Jewish Decline not Foreordained

In a November, 2006 blog Rabbi Aaron Spiegel compared mainline Christian decline to that of Judaism. He cited evidence that the difficulty facing mainline Christianity is not so much a... read more >

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Using Technology to Support Congregational Goals

What is the least technology you need to achieve the most for your congregation? How do you decide which technological advances to integrate and which to pass by? Using the... read more >

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Technology and Web Use for Congregations

Most people think that blogging is of interest only to the MTV crowd, like hip-hop, IM, or ring tones, Brian Bailey writes in his book, "The Blogging Church." They couldn’t... read more >

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Transcending Negative Trends

Focusing on the positive qualities of the congregation rather than dwelling on the problems and weaknesses can transform members' perspectives and mobilize them to think and act differently regarding the... read more >

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Innovative Congregation Management Software

Often promoted as a "people care" system, not just a database, innovative, web-based content management programs focus on the individual from first contact with a congregation through their journey to... read more >

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“Life Together” Strategic Plan

The “Life Together: Thinking and Acting Strategically” program is a planning process and initiative by the Center for Congregations designed to enable congregations to creatively imagine and realize a future... 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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