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Church Challenges at the Start of the 21st Century

There are many challenges facing Christian churches at the beginning of the 21st century. The four specific challenges addressed in this article are perennial, but take varying forms over time.... read more >

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Treading online an act of faith

Promise or peril? An online guidebook gives religious congregations insights into navigating Web 2.0 technologies.

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African American Sermon Illustrations

Resources offered by the African American Lectionary to clergy and church leaders include an extensive selection of sermon illustrations provided by prominent African American theologians and clergy, indexed by title.... read more >

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The African American Lectionary: Multimedia resources

This web page archives and provides easy access to multimedia resources provided by African American lectionary contributors. The site includes video, audio and photo resources. ... read more >

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Top Issues Facing the African American Community

The African American Lectionary Project surveyed 10,000 African American clergy of all denominations in 2006 and found then that the top three concerns were: strengthening men and boys, strengthening families,... read more >

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Christians, Culture and Power

Christians are very hesitant to talk about power, imagining power negatively as coercion. But power as the ability to create new goods is a part of the God-given nature of... read more >

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A New Shape for Christianity in a Post-Christian Era

Though mainline pastors may be mourning the passing of Christianity’s social dominance in the United States, those who have eyes might see that Christianity is not dying, but changing shape.... read more >

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The Best Way to Raise Funds in Hard Economic Times

In an economic contraction, leaders have an opportunity to ground their membership's understanding of giving in the context of spiritual growth. That is, to focus not on fundraising, but on... read more >

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Strategizing Ministry Maintenance in a Lean Economy

Anticipating that financial gifts would be reduced as a result of the declining U.S. economy, the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship developed strategies to manage the expected shortfall. Steps included reducing small... read more >

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Talking About Money at Church

Reflecting on our personal habits and attitudes about money and connecting them to biblical and theological wisdom is a critical discipline for Christian leadership, says the Rev. Kevin R. Armstrong... 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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