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Mainline Protestantism Benefits Least from Competitive Religious Marketplace

At the end of the American Revolution, there were about 20 religious groups in the United States, and fewer than 15 percent of Americans were formally associated with churches. Today... read more >

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Guidelines for College Governing Boards Inform Church Practices

The “Statement on Board Responsibilities for Institutional Governance” proposes a set of best governance practices for administrators of colleges and universities. This blog post suggests that the key lessons are... read more >

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Congregational Life Assessment Resources

Hartford Seminary’s Hartford Institute for Religion Research offers three free self-assessment inventories, which assess member perspectives on church programs and clergy needs. The responses of the 11,386 respondents in 84... read more >

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Congregational Life Assessment Inventories

These three assessment inventories are designed to assist in your congregation's self-assessment. The Pastoral Search Inventory assists congregations in identifying what the congregation needs and wants in the next minister.... read more >

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Fostering Connections Among Denominational Levels of Authority

Neither congregations nor regional judicatories flourish when their constituent members and organizations do not have some connection to one another; and without a sense of connection and unity, the denomination... read more >

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Judicatory Work with Congregations: What They Do and Why

The general question under discussion in this paper is how judicatory executives best carry out their work to keep their congregations vital and associated in common mission, given the tensions... read more >

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Promoting Sharing Among Congregations

This paper discusses the congregational dynamics that middle judicatories identify as obstacles in their efforts to involve churches with one another and reviews some of the strategies judicatories have used... read more >

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The Role of Middle Judicatories in Creating Connections

This paper addresses the middle judicatory challenge of showing congregations that are, or wish to be, autonomous that they are also partners in mission with other congregations, agencies and offices... read more >

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Strategies for the Education and Oversight of Lay Certified Clergy

Judicatories with a substantial number of small, relatively isolated congregations with empty pulpits are experimenting with designing programs to train church members to serve as certified or locally-restricted ordained clergy.... read more >

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Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising

The Lilly Family School of Philanthropy introduces the Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising (ECRF), which is...

Lilly Endowment awards $10 million grant to ATS

The New Century Fund will establish an endow- ment and support ATS programma c ini a- ves designed to help...

On Being Studio launches new podcast

The On Being studios has launched a new podcast, "Being Wise." The show, hosted by Krista Tippett, is described as an "...

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