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Create Healthy, Positive Congregational Change

The process of congregational change can be frustrating, at best. At worst, committee members can become defensive, resistant and oppositional. Church members might leave, or withdraw their financial support or... read more >

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How to Avoid New Clergy Burnout

New clergy usually start out with a passion for preaching and leading congregations. Over time, unfortunately, the passion too often subsides and the “want to” becomes a “have to,” according... read more >

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Caring for Orphans in China

How much of a difference can one person make? In the late 1990s, Hollywood screenwriter Jenny Bowen learned of the plight of Chinese girls abandoned by their parents in a... read more >

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The Aims & Purposes of Theological Education: A Study Guide

During the two decades since 1980, the theological schools of North America have pursued a reappraisal of their fundamental aims and purposes. The literature arising from this discussion has not... read more >

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Christian Unity: Local Movements & Congregational Implications

Paul E. Grabill, of State College Assembly of God in State College, Pennsylvania, proposes that an emerging “City Church” movement may well bring about a “New Reformation” of American Protestantism... read more >

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A Joyful Calling: Mentoring Young Adults for the Ministry

Recognizing that no one is called to ministry without first being called by God, Peter A. Luckey, of Plymouth Congregational Church in Lawrence, Kansas, proposes practical means by which congregations... read more >

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Ministry’s Journey Toward Mission

Sherryl White, of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Baden, Pennsylvania, notes that “the challenge for ministerial health and holiness seems lightly tethered to a fragile equilibrium of intersecting orbits:... read more >

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A Desert Experience

Recounting the healing experience of her sabbatical, Ann E. Helmke, of The Peace Center in San Antonio, asks, "When did much of the Church at-large abandon the sense and reality... read more >

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The Decalogue and Leadership

Kevin Phillips, of St. Timothy Episcopal Church, draws on the insights of Martin Buber, John Macmurray and Daniel Elazar in order to show how the ten commandments apply outside of... read more >

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A Clergy Sabbatical: God’s 'Set-Aside' for the Soul

Lawrence Pray, of First Congregational UCC in Big Timber, Montana, compares his sabbatical experience as a “set-aside time” akin to the practice of farmers when they "set aside" certain parts of their acreage so that the earth can be renewed and provide in the future more plentiful harvests.

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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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