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The Power of Story

There are lots of stories of hope and renewal taking place in Indianapolis’ east side. C. Christopher Smith tells the hopeful story of his church, Englewood Christian Church, in his book, The... read more >

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Take Your Leadership Team to a Training Event

Attending a conference or workshop provides lay members of your congregation with fresh ideas and new insights and generates enthusiasm. A group also brings diverse lenses to the event, generates... read more >

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Looking Within and Stepping Beyond

Effective growth and transformational programs begin with introspection. That’s the message of these stories of four Indiana congregations that embarked on the challenge of understanding themselves and their ministry locations,... read more >

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Hospitality Leads to Renewal

This article contains accounts of congregations engaged in renewal by restoring their vision of hospitality in the midst of congregational change. Read about a historic black church pastor breaking tradition... read more >

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Four Accounts of Congregational Transformation

“In churches, it’s so easy to turn our chairs inward and talk to ourselves about ourselves. But that’s not what it’s about. We need to keep our chairs facing outward,”... read more >

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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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Are There Guns in Your Church

Connie Peterson is an accountant whose work requires a calculator, not a weapon. But she doesn’t go anywhere without...

6/10 Religiously Unaffiliated Americans are Athiest, Agnostic or “Nothing in Particular”

"A growing share of Americans are religiously unaffiliated. We recently asked a representative sample of more...

Art and Music Helping To Survive The Worst

“How do we survive when the worst happens? What are the mechanisms?” For Joe Carter, one answer was in spirituals —...

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