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God wants us to rest: Why do we resist?

The Rev. Allen Burris encourages clergy to exercise enough trust in God and faith in their congregations to break the seven-day-a-week cycle of worry and work. Without it, he says,... read more >

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Rediscovering faith in the midst of crisis: One Pastor's story

“Trust in God, in concert with trust in the people of my congregation, has transformed my ministry into a light burden. It is like feeling the ‘good tired’ after a... read more >

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On Discerning the Creative Work of the Spirit

Arranging a sabbatical, the Rev. Dr. Alison Halsey thought to engender in herself and her congregation the seeds of “hozho,” a Navajo sense of the good life that integrates order,... read more >

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Consider the Sabbatical Context

Increasingly, clergy are encouraged to pay attention to the physical, emotional and spiritual effects of the stress of ministry, and to take steps to protect and preserve their own well-being.... read more >

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Best Resources for Sabbaticals

The best pastoral sabbatical provides an opportunity to feed both your spirit and intellect through study and/or travel, and renews your joy in ministry through informed play and self-directed inquiry. Insights Into Religion provides resources and links to stories and tips for pastoral sabbaticals as well as ways to apply for funding for clergy sabbaticals.

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A New Book Suggests Teens Are Practicing Religion in Their Own Way

A New Book Suggests Teens Are Practicing Religion in Their Own Way Insights into Religion News Lilly Foundation Grants Funding Christianity Youth

In A Faith of Their Own teens rate the personal significance of religion highly; less so the institutional part.

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When It Comes To Polls, Read The Fine Print

When It Comes To Polls, Read The Fine Print Polling Report Survey Lilly Foundation Funding Grants Insights into Religion News

Even lay people can, and should, ask tough questions about polls to see if their claims match their findings. And when it comes to poll data we should all be informed consumers.

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Taking The Lead On Good Governance

Taking The Lead On Good Governance best practices Insights into Religion News Lilly Foundation Funding Grants

Are there better ways to run congregational boards? One consultant offers up best practices.

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Growing Old Gracefully

Growing Old Gracefully Lilly Foundation Two women intergenerational Smiling Congregations Christianity Christian Insights Into Religion News

Older members make up a sizable portion of many congregations. Churches can find help online for meeting their spiritual needs.

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Contemporary Worship a Boon to Churches

Contemporary Worship a Boon to Churches Youth Music Christianity Stained Glass Lilly Foundation Funding Insights Into Religion News

With its emphasis on an expressive spirituality, contemporary worship may be one of the most promising avenues for congregational growth.

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Watchfulness, Vision and The Future

It's a good word for the church. In his instructions to the church at Colossae, Paul asks his readers to be watchful....

Poll Out on Prayers of the Non-Religious

For many non-believers, it is an instinctive response to a crisis: “Please, God.” So perhaps it should not be...

Sermons for President's Day from Indiana University

War of 1812 in the collections of the Lilly Library at Indiana University:   Before the War, The War - 1812...

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