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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

Sabbaticals Help Clergy Reconnect, Recharge Lilly Foundation Funding Grants Insights into Religion News

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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Christian education programs vital to congregational health

Some churches are seeing a consumer mentality when it comes to religious education. The trend highlights the importance of preparing Christian educators for the future.

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Wabash Center fosters teaching excellence

Wabash Center fosters teaching excellence Lilly Foundation Funding Grants Insights into Religion News

Teaching religion and theology to today’s university and seminary students becomes more complicated in the Internet age. The Wabash Center in Indiana stands ready to assist faculty with a variety of resources.

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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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Liturgical Meditations from Fuller Studios

 The liturgical calendar spans the life of Christ in a single year—from anticipation (Advent), to hope (Christmas...

The Spiritual Practice of Humor

We live in a time of tension and conflict, arguing and fighting for what we believe is true. Many of us are attracted...

Volunteer and Live Longer Religious Lives

Ohio State researchers in June pored over hundreds of obituaries from across the country. They found that people with...

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