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Strategic planning keeps congregations focused on mission

Strategic planning is “a structured conversation about what a group of people believe God calls them to be or to do," write Gil Rendle and Alice Mann in their book,... read more >


Change in Congregations

It is no longer comfortable at the council meeting. Alex brought a 12-page financial report. “These numbers show that our congregation won’t be in business four years from now,” he... read more >


Facts about Nondenominational Congregations

Everyone’s impression is that nondenominational churches are on the rise.  Yet we know very little about the phenomenon. The Hartford Institute for Religion Research has gathered information about nondenominational congregations... read more >


Timeless Articles by Carl Dudley

From 1995 to 1999, veteran church consultant Carl Dudley wrote a series of 24 field notes published in "The Christian Ministry" magazine.  These insight-packed columns including “The Layperson’s Eye-view,” “Family... read more >


Congregational Consultants Listing

Though most consultants charge a fee for services they provide, some of their sites contain free helpful information on congregational dynamics. This list is provided by the Hartford Institute for... read more >


Writings about Church Growth and Decline

Church growth and decline research and reflections are the focus of this collection of scholarly articles, housed on the website of the Hartford Institute for Religion Research. This extensive resource... read more >


What Research Shows about Vitality in Mainline Protestantism

Membership decline in mainline Protestant churches began in the mid-1960s and has continued into the present, resulting in a loss of nearly one third of members since 1965. However, conservative... read more >


Missouri Rural Churches Project and the invisibility of rural churches

This project was a longitudinal study of approximately 500 rural churches in Missouri. The same congregations were surveyed in 1952, 1967, 1982, and 1998-99. In addition, six of the 99... read more >


Treading Online An Act Of Faith

Treading Online An Act Of Faith Lilly Foundation Funding Grants Insights into Religion News

Promise or peril? An online guidebook gives religious congregations insights into navigating Web 2.0 technologies.


The Best Way to Raise Funds in Hard Economic Times

In an economic contraction, leaders have an opportunity to ground their membership's understanding of giving in the context of spiritual growth. That is, to focus not on fundraising, but on... read more >





Holy Week Inspiration

In a few weeks, Christians around the world celebrate Holy Week and Easter, commemorating the final days of Jesus...

Encouraging Youth Away From Marijuana

   The legislative wars over marijuana are mostly trending in favor of those who support legalization. More...

Leadership La Porte County Hosts its 2nd Annual “Volunteer Expo” on April 19

Leadership La Porte County, Inc. was formed in 1984, with support from the Lilly Foundation, to encourage engaged...

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