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The Challenge of Vision

While churches say they have lots of ideas and openness to trying new things, less than one third of congregations are actually moving in new directions or experimenting with new... read more >

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Patterns in Declining Churches

Consider the factors that contribute to low congregational vitality. Analysis of worshipper demographics, size and growth of worship attendance, presence of conflict, and the congregation’s financial situation were not predictive... read more >

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Addressing Financial Concerns in Uncertain Times

As the economy slowly improves, congregational leaders continue to provide pastoral care related to unemployment and financial stress. The Indianapolis Center for Congregations held a workshop, inviting church leaders to discuss and share... read more >

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Governing an Effective Congregation

Congregations that have been most effective at moving from thinking strategically to acting strategically have boards that are more interested in governing than managing. Governing boards think about identity, expectations,... read more >

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10 Lessons for Sacred Space Projects

Buildings communicate a congregation’s beliefs about worship, identity, purpose and more. This message can either reinforce or detract from a congregation’s mission. To assure your congregation’s renovation or building project... read more >

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“Life Together” Strategic Plan

The “Life Together: Thinking and Acting Strategically” program is a planning process and initiative by the Center for Congregations designed to enable congregations to creatively imagine and realize a future... read more >

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Effective Building Projects Resources

The Center for Congregations offers workshops and resources to help engage congregations in effective building projects, offering guidance in: (1) congregational self-reflection, internal and external needs assessment, and strategic planning;... 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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Strategic Planning: What We’ve Learned

Congregational vitality is greatly enhanced by regular cyclical moments of strategic planning. And every congregation needs to re-evaluate its direction and intention as it approaches the crucial 40-year mark in... read more >

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Working Well with Architects

Challenges are inherent to any architectural project but these barriers can be minimized with good planning, open lines of communication, and an ongoing awareness of the true goals of the... read more >

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Looking for Online Resources?

The Congregational Resource Guide (CRG) is an online tool designed to help leaders of all congregations find the right...

Is Pence Right About The Growth of Religion in the US?

"Religion in America isn’t receding. It’s just the opposite. Faith is gaining new life across America every day." —...

Apply for a Thriving in Ministry Grant

Lilly Endowment Inc. has announced a new grant program to help pastors thrive in congregational leadership and thus...

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