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Church Giving Tied To Gratitude And A Sense Of Mission

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Worshippers want to feel their contributions are making a difference. The tithe may no longer be the norm outside conservative Protestant churches, but members who feel connected to their church and confident it is contributing to God’s work still give financially.

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Sex and the church: What the numbers say

While there have been significant shifts in public opinion in recent years in support of same-sex marriage, U.S. religious groups continue to struggle to balance theology, experience and personal consciences... read more >

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Best Resources for Church Administration

Balancing ministry with church administration can be a difficult calling even for the most seasoned church pastor. Insights Into Religion and its affiliate organizations offer regularly updated resources for effective congregational administration, including ideas and tips for efficient stewardship of church facilities, financial oversight, volunteer recruitment and more.

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The Pig Is Dead: Conversations About Moral Budgeting

For generations, federal representatives were elected to “bring home the bacon,” says former Sen. Alan Simpson, “and now the pig is dead.” Solving the debt problem raises basic philosophical and... read more >

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Resources for Multiracial Congregations

Increasingly, congregations seek to be accessible across a variety of divides, one of which is the racial/ethnic divide. To assist congregations that want to be more racially and ethnically inclusive,... read more >

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Resources for Creating a Place of Welcome

In January 2011, the Indianapolis Center for Congregations hosted a workshop by Dr. Gary McIntosh, professor of Christian ministry and leadership at the Talbot School of Theology and editor of... read more >

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Potent and Impotent Stewardship: A Conversation with Patrick McNamara

Stewardship may be nominal – little other than fundraising – or it may be a dynamic, transformative force that helps a congregation reconnect with its original purposes. In this interview,... read more >

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Matching New Clergy and Small Churches

American Christianity is facing a conundrum. Churches that have fewer than 100 members, along with decreasing financial resources, are on the rise, but new clergy often cannot afford to accept... read more >

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Watchfulness, Vision and The Future

It's a good word for the church. In his instructions to the church at Colossae, Paul asks his readers to be watchful....

Poll Out on Prayers of the Non-Religious

For many non-believers, it is an instinctive response to a crisis: “Please, God.” So perhaps it should not be...

Sermons for President's Day from Indiana University

War of 1812 in the collections of the Lilly Library at Indiana University:   Before the War, The War - 1812...

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