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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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Internet Strategies for Congregations

Planning how to utilize the Internet in your congregation was the topic of a series of workshops presented by the Center for Congregations, an organization that strengthens congregations by helping... read more >

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Graduate Views of Seminary Effectiveness

What do seminary students do after graduation, and how well do they think their theological training prepared them for their work? This 2005 report shows the survey results of graduates... read more >

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Rose and Cal promote shared joy with religious humor across traditions

The first Ahead of the Trend in 2019 celebrates two couples who have never given up hope that understanding can make...

Disruption, Death and the Old Testament

The Old Testament has its roots in two great disruptions: the collapse of the Late Bronze Age geopolitical system and...

Great Faith Hand in Hand with Great Sleep, Says Study

 A strong faith could be the key to a good night’s sleep, according to a study released this week in the Journal...

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