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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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Family Life Centers and Congregations

Many congregations imagine a near future when, after building a “family life center,” the congregation is successfully hosting community events and attracting new members. Those dreams often don’t materialize, and... read more >

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Selecting a Congregational Planning Team Leader

Vibrant congregations periodically engage in long-term planning, the success of which is largely dependent upon the competencies of the team’s leader, according to Nancy L. DeMott, resource director at the... 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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Faith communities and people with disabilities

Improving accessibility in a church for people with disabilities serves both a welcoming and a retention role. The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship explores the faith aspect of disability in... read more >

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Callings: Twenty Centuries of Christian Wisdom on Vocation

From Sunday School curriculum to book clubs to ordination committees, this congregation-oriented study guide is a wonderful resource for individuals who are seeking inspiration for living Christian lives, as well... read more >

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The "Calling Congregation" encourages promising future clergy

Until the 1960s, denominations often encouraged congregations to help identify promising future clergy from among their youth. With the abolition of national offices of vocation, the American Church turned away... 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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