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Christian Unity: Local Movements & Congregational Implications

Paul E. Grabill, of State College Assembly of God in State College, Pennsylvania, proposes that an emerging “City Church” movement may well bring about a “New Reformation” of American Protestantism... read more >

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A Joyful Calling: Mentoring Young Adults for the Ministry

Recognizing that no one is called to ministry without first being called by God, Peter A. Luckey, of Plymouth Congregational Church in Lawrence, Kansas, proposes practical means by which congregations... read more >

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Reshaping Ministry in the Light of a Pastors Working Group

From his experience over thirteen months with an ecumenical group of pastors, William F. Buchanan, of the Fifteenth Avenue Missionary Baptist Church in Nashville, finds hope for the church’s future... read more >

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Ministry’s Journey Toward Mission

Sherryl White, of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Baden, Pennsylvania, notes that “the challenge for ministerial health and holiness seems lightly tethered to a fragile equilibrium of intersecting orbits:... read more >

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A Desert Experience

Recounting the healing experience of her sabbatical, Ann E. Helmke, of The Peace Center in San Antonio, asks, "When did much of the Church at-large abandon the sense and reality... read more >

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The Decalogue and Leadership

Kevin Phillips, of St. Timothy Episcopal Church, draws on the insights of Martin Buber, John Macmurray and Daniel Elazar in order to show how the ten commandments apply outside of... read more >

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A Clergy Sabbatical: God’s 'Set-Aside' for the Soul

Lawrence Pray, of First Congregational UCC in Big Timber, Montana, compares his sabbatical experience as a “set-aside time” akin to the practice of farmers when they "set aside" certain parts of their acreage so that the earth can be renewed and provide in the future more plentiful harvests.

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The Integration of Preaching & Transformational Leadership

Convinced that preaching is the primary spiritual discipline for parish leaders and yet must be connected to effective leadership in other dimensions of congregational life, Mariann Edgar Budde, of St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church in Minneapolis, pursued two projects during her sabbatical.

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Being Still: A Spiritual Gift for Ministry and Mission Effectiveness

Angelique Walker-Smith of the Church Federation of Greater Indianapolis, recounts a sabbatical that underscored the importance of finding approaches that would more carefully define the difference between a focus on “the doing” of ministry tasks versus “the being” in ministry.

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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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