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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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Strategic Planning Resources

Strategic planning is an intentional and ongoing process by which congregational leaders identify future priorities for their congregation based on its mission and take the steps necessary to implement those... read more >

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Resources for Working with Contractors

A construction project is a huge undertaking for a church. Plans, architects, contractors, blueprints, and budgets are just a few of the many intricate facets involved. Developing and maintaining a... read more >

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Plethora of Congregational Resources

The "Using Resources" series of publications by the Center for Congregations is designed to help congregations make the most effective use of their assets and resources, things like capital funds,... read more >

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The Role of Consultants in Strategic Planning

Well-developed strategic plans provide multiple benefits to congregations. These include a deeper sense of belonging, a more efficient and effective use of resources, and a stronger sense of shared vision... read more >

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Tech News for Faith Communities

Keep abreast of changes in technology and regulations relevant to congregations that use technology as part of their worship and communication practices. The “Tech News” blog by Center for Congregations... read more >

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Avoiding Ministry Burnout and Motivating Members to Give

Ministry leadership comes with a host of challenges: avoiding burnout, encouraging congregational giving, integrating media into ministry, motivating an outward focus, creating a nonprofit, or addressing any of a number... read more >

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Best-Practice Advice for Expansions, Renovations and Construction

The Center for Congregations, an Indianapolis-based organization that supports congregations by helping them find the best resources available to address their needs, offers advice, workshops, speakers, resources and events related... read more >

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Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Finalists for 2018

Eight of the county’s most accomplished and philanthropic teens are in the running for a full-ride scholarship.The...

How to Help with A Religious Response to Global Warming

"The mission of Interfaith Power & Light is to be faithful stewards of Creation by responding to global warming...

Sharing Deep Stories Despite Politics

“We all have deep stories, whatever our politics, but we’re not fully aware of them. They’re dreamlike and are told...

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