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Explore Studies on Religious Institutions

For 10 years between 2001 and 2009, the Louisville Institute’s Religious Institutions Grant Program supported research projects by academics and pastors that helped empower religious leaders to respond to institutional... read more >

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Why Churches Grow: Myths and Realities

Most of the assumptions about why some churches grow and others fail to thrive are wrong. “Myths and Facts about Evangelism and Church Growth” corrects the record on a variety... read more >

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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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Support for Rural Pastors

Grove City College received a nearly $1 million grant to help establish the Project on Rural Ministry. It’s an outreach...

Sunday Church Servicing in the Wake of Hurricane Michael

"Church leaders knew the Sunday following the storm would be important and necessary in what's expected to be a...

Relationship Across Rupture

On Being with Sally Kohn & Erick Erickson, “Relationship Across Rupture”Two lightning-rod figures on...

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