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Innovative Ministry in Experimental Urban Churches

One young church posts background information on key proposals to the church’s website prior to annual meetings so members can log in, read, and vote online, ahead of time. Another... 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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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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Church Conflict Interventions

Conflict is a challenge for congregations. But, when handled properly, it can open up the lines of communication, introduce introspective thinking and result in positive changes. The 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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The Power of Telling Stories

Life has a narrative quality to it. Faith communities are shaped by their stories. Stories testify to the rhythm of a congregation’s institutional life, help people know where the faith... read more >

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Taking Time to Make Decisions

Experience shows that hasty decisions are often made in response to anxiety or discomfort. But congregations often make their best strategic decisions when they slow down. Slowing down is not... read more >

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Developing a Homegrown Theology

Homegrown theology involves the laity and clergy thoughtfully considering how to understand God in the light of everyday life. It is rooted in a particular community and arises from the... read more >

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Meeting God in Shared Silence

Increasingly, people appear to crave a quiet place. Congregations can use communal silence as a way to help members hear God speak to and empower them, individually and corporately. Holy... read more >

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Help For Pastors Leading Church Transformation

Three factors make church transformation possible: pastor, passion, and position. The pastor plays the critical role as the initiating leader of the process; the passion comes from the lay leaders... read more >

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Meeting Information Needs: Amazon's Alexa and The Church of England

"Religion exists to answer the questions and supply the needs that couldn’t possibly be bought with money. But...

Serving its Community Transformed a Dwindling Church

"Trinity’s building is surrounded by the bleaker symbols of urban life, including graffiti-covered billboards, a...

Caring for Creation

"Whether it is Wendell Berry, Michael Polan, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Pope Francis, Prince Charles, Mondragon or...

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