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Strategic Planning: What We’ve Learned

Congregational vitality is greatly enhanced by regular cyclical moments of strategic planning. And every congregation needs to re-evaluate its direction and intention as it approaches the crucial 40-year mark in... read more >

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Conflict in Congregations: What we’ve Learned

No congregation is immune to conflict, however if conflict is not handled well it can shatter the heart and soul of a faith community. Rightly handled, conflict can be an... read more >

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Working Well with Architects

Challenges are inherent to any architectural project but these barriers can be minimized with good planning, open lines of communication, and an ongoing awareness of the true goals of the... read more >

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Wise Use of Management Software

Keeping track of a vital, bustling congregation can be a challenge. From emails and committee meetings to directory photos and contribution records, the task of maintaining up-to-date information is monumental.... read more >

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Conducting a Facilities Assessment

Congregations are often uncertain about how best to maintain and repair their sacred spaces. A thorough professional assessment of your facilities will provide crucial information about your building’s condition. It... read more >

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Wise Use of Fundraising Consultants

Growth, expansion, remodeling, and repairs often require generating new money. Professional fundraising consultants can use their expertise to bring a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment to a congregation's efforts. However,... read more >

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Making the Most of your Grant

Get the most out of a grant application and program implementation process. This two-page article by the Center for Congregations discusses ways to benefit from preparing to apply, applying for,... read more >

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Group Processes That Create Positive Change

Group process programs such as Asset Mapping, Appreciative Inquiry, World Café, and Open Space Technology are gaining momentum as congregations look for ways to emphasize and utilize their strengths to... read more >

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Use Books For Change

This helpful article discusses ways to use books as resources for congregational education and church change. For guidance on identifying appropriate book resources, adapting the book to your setting, conducting... read more >

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Resources for Working with Consultants

Leading a faith community is a complex process. Fundraising, strategic planning, mission statements, and goals are all part of the business that sometimes requires external assistance. A professional consultant can... 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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