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Creating Vital Churches

Vital churches need seminaries to prepare apostolic leaders for mission to a multicultural world; vital seminaries need congregations that practice the discernment of leadership gifts among members, according to David... read more >

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The Technology in Theological Education Group

The Technology in Theological Education Group (TTEG), sponsored by the Association of Theological Schools brings the collective expertise of members of theological institutions versed in both theological education and information... read more >

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Seeking Funding: A Manual for Faculty in Theological Education

This 13-page PDF-formatted report offers tips for writing effective grant proposals, including knowing the grant landscape, effectively writing the proposal, developing a budget, securing letters of recommendation, and more. Written... read more >

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Strategic Choices for Theological Schools: The Big Picture

What steps do struggling theological schools need to take to become superstars? What do these schools need to do to maintain their health? Strategic planning has become standard practice in... read more >

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Improve Judicatory Support for Churches

Middle judicatories need to become missionaries to their shrinking congregations to help local churches reverse their declines. This excerpt from Transforming Regional Bodies identifies effective, proven strategies that middle judicatories... read more >

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Create a Powerful Web Presence

Effective use of the Internet establishes your community’s identity and values, communicates to the public a coherent message about your congregation and its mission, permits visitors to discover why and... read more >

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Hearing the Call: Vocational Reflection Gets Renewed Attention

Nevell Owens remembers when he first felt called to pursue a doctorate in theology. He was working as a criminal prosecutor when he looked into the eyes of a 13-year-old boy accused of murder. He saw that they were empty, and he wanted to know: Where was God in the life of this boy?

“I knew the boy’s mother was active in church,” Owens says. “I wanted to know, why isn’t the minister here? Why aren’t members of the church here?”

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A Reflection on the State of Pastoral Leadership

When Jackson Carroll began “Pulpit & Pew,” his large research project on pastoral leadership, he considered pastors a “troubled profession,” and braced himself for what his investigation might reveal. But five years of study, including a major national telephone survey and 23 focus groups across the country, convinced Carroll his gloomy forecast didn’t stand up.

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The Changing Nature of Worship

A church in Illinois streams video of a sermon from the home church miles away and displays it on a large screen.  A church in California offers half a dozen “video cafes,” each featuring different types of worship music to correspond to the different tastes of its participants. These are just a few of the changes taking place as U.S. congregations grapple with new technologies and contemporary idioms in worship.

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Sabbaticals help clergy reconnect, recharge

The 24/7 nature of ministry can lead to burnout. Thanks to the Clergy Renewal Program at Christian Theological Seminary, ministers are finding the time and money to recharge their spiritual batteries.

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Rose and Cal promote shared joy with religious humor across traditions

The first Ahead of the Trend in 2019 celebrates two couples who have never given up hope that understanding can make...

Disruption, Death and the Old Testament

The Old Testament has its roots in two great disruptions: the collapse of the Late Bronze Age geopolitical system and...

Great Faith Hand in Hand with Great Sleep, Says Study

 A strong faith could be the key to a good night’s sleep, according to a study released this week in the Journal...

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