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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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What The Public Really Thinks About Theology Schools

Are theological schools doing an adequate job impacting both church and society? Is there a public role for seminaries to play? A 1998 survey of diverse social leaders explores perceptions about... read more >

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Help for new pastors entering ministry

The Lilly Endowment supported a multi-denominational program to bring clergy, churches, schools and students into a coordinated mentoring program to help new clergy transition into full-time ministry.  In the article, "Transition... read more >

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Alban Institute Blogs Offer Opportunities to Explore Ministry

The Alban Institute, a major resource for American congregations facing the challenges of a changing society, hosts several blogs that offer you an opportunity to join conversations on current topics,... 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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