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Alban at Duke Divinity School's Top Five Stories of 2017

NUMBER ONE: FIVE BORING PROBLEMS YOU CAN AND NEED TO FIX
As we begin new seasons in our ministries, we dream big dreams. We encourage our churches to be creative and think outside of the box. We launch new programs, start new groups, or re-brand our services. But what if we cast big visions while neglecting the things that really matter? Read more from Dan Wunderlich »
 
NUMBER TWO: WHAT TO DO WHEN MONEY GETS TIGHT 
Don't begin the conversation with the expenses to cut. Instead, focus on your organization's assets and how they can be leveraged in service of your missional impact, writes the executive director of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity. Read more from Dave Odom »
 
NUMBER THREE: WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR CLERGY TO STAY IN THEIR LANE?
Pastors seeking to support justice movements should let people on the front lines lead. This means clergy are going to have to get used to being uncomfortable, writes a pastor from Charlotte, North Carolina. Read more from Greg Jarrell »
 
NUMBER FOUR: A MOVE TO PART-TIME CLERGY SPARKS INNOVATION
Although church leaders often worry that switching from full-time to part-time clergy will lead to decline, congregations across the country are finding new vitality by reimagining the roles of clergy and laypeople. Read more about the study »
 
NUMBER FIVE: THE SPACE BETWEEN DEATH AND RESURRECTION
A theologian who works in the discipline of trauma studies says that Christians need to pay more attention to Holy Saturday. Believing in the promise of resurrection doesn't eliminate suffering -- and in witnessing this suffering, we are about the work of redemption, she says. Read more from Shelly Rambo »
 

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