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Freshening the Baptism Liturgy

Baptism is a celebration of God’s grace and covenant with a rich history in the traditions of the church. An article by Howard Vanderwell and Norma de Waal Malefyt, contains ideas... read more >

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How to Study Your Congregation

Techniques for congregational study and self-study have been developed by researchers in the field of Congregational Studies. Those tools and methods were collected and published in the seminal textbook, The... read more >

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A More Profound Alleluia

Read an excerpt from A More Profound Alleluia: Theology and Worship in Harmony edited by Leann Van Dyk, offered on the website of the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship. The book may... read more >

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Accessible Faith: A Guide

Houses of worship serve as both centers of worship and centers of community life. Many were built before the issue of accessibility rose to national consciousness, resulting in structures with... read more >

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Making Worship Accessible for All

Persons with disabilities have diverse needs. However, there is a lot that any congregation can do to make worship considerably more accessible. This article by Kathleen M. Black on the... read more >

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Children-Friendly Worship Service

This two-part guide explores the benefits and means to create truly intergenerational worship services. Offering a list of principles for consideration, guidelines for child participation, ideas on how to prepare... read more >

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“Cruciform Excellence” in the 21st Century Church

The world changed dramatically in recent decades and, as such, what is expected of clergy and church life also changed. Unfortunately, churches and most clergy have been slow adapters. In... read more >

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Provocative Findings on Pastoral Leadership in the 21st Century

Surprisingly, only 40 percent of pastors in conservative denominations but 33 percent of pastors in mainline and liberal denominations, identify themselves as evangelical. Two-thirds of clergy preach to a congregation... read more >

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First and Second Career Clergy Comparison

Overall, 56 percent of senior or solo pastors are second career clergy. In the Catholic and mainline Protestant denominations most clergy are first career, while in conservative Protestant and historically... read more >

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How Clergy Spend Their Time

Half of clergy work from 42 to 63 hours a week, and a quarter of them work more than 60 hours, while the balance work less than 35 hours per... read more >

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Liturgical Meditations from Fuller Studios

 The liturgical calendar spans the life of Christ in a single year—from anticipation (Advent), to hope (Christmas...

The Spiritual Practice of Humor

We live in a time of tension and conflict, arguing and fighting for what we believe is true. Many of us are attracted...

Volunteer and Live Longer Religious Lives

Ohio State researchers in June pored over hundreds of obituaries from across the country. They found that people with...

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