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Pastoral imagination brings church from 4 to 4,000 members

Catholic priest Jack Wall inherited a church with four members in 1983. Twenty years later, the parish served 4,000 parishioners from all over the greater Chicago area. As part of... read more >

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Clergy that Shape Congregations

In this wide-ranging interview centered around the book, God’s Potters, researcher Jackson Carroll discusses the four historic roles clergy have played – ministry as office, as profession, as calling, and... read more >

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Teaching Christians to Be Leaders in the World

When he was president of Duke Divinity School, Greg Jones created an initiative to reach, equip and provide ongoing resources for current and future institutional leaders in the church. In... read more >

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Training clergy the right way

Clergy preparation has fragmented into four independent disciplines: Bible, Church History, Systematic Theology and Practical Theology (the duties of ordained ministry). With this educational fragmentation, pastoral ministry has become identified... read more >

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The State of U.S. Theological Education

Seminary students reflect the general public interest in exploring pluralism. This results in a desire for programs and degrees that do not lead to religion careers. Seminaries are taking steps... read more >

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Survey Your Congregation

Build from your church’s strengths. Let your congregation take the U.S. Congregational Life Survey. You'll receive expert analysis of your worshipper's responses and get several reports with video resources to... read more >

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Church Growth Resources

Whether you are looking for vetted information on evangelism and church growth or worshiper characteristics and behaviors this list of books and Web-housed resources will help. Based on the findings... 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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Using interactive technology to enhance your ministry

Congregations have embraced technology to help with church administration, communicate with tech-savvy congregants, support religious education and enhance worship. The Indianapolis Center for Congregations supports area congregations by providing them... 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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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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