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Improving Organization in the Church

Four respected clergy from historically black churches in the United States offer ideas on how to improve the organizational depth and breadth of African-American congregations. Hosted on the African American... read more >

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Resource: Customize U.S. Religious Congregations and Membership Study Results, 2010

How does your church stack up against others? With data collected by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies, researchers, students and the public can create charts of congregational membership... read more >

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Religious laws around the world

What does the constitution in Albania say about religious freedom? How about in Afghanistan? The Association of Religion Data Archives, an archive and source for high-quality survey data sets, provides... read more >

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Sustainable Institutions, Like Ecosystems, Utilize God’s Generous Provision

Elegant design of an institutional “ecosystem” involves fundamentally responding to God’s generous provision, thinking in terms of not just the physical space and the short-term problems, but the people, ideas, services, networks,... read more >

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Strategic Financial Planning Tool for Senior Seminary Management

In Trust, a member organization of North American schools of theological education that seeks to promote effective boards and governance, has developed a planning tool to help senior administrators and... read more >

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Shared Governance: An Institutional Game-Changer

Suspicion of shared governance runs deep in theological schools; as a consequence, faculty and administrators fail to understand the internal dynamics and external forces that affect the other’s decision-making processes.... read more >

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The Outsized Influence of Christians in Hong Kong

The biggest obstacle to collaboration is power, says Lung-kwong Lo, the dean of the Divinity School of Chung Chi College of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Giving up power,... read more >

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The Hands of God in Pictures

The Rev. Noelle York-Simmons, an Episcopal priest, spent her sabbatical photographing people’s hands as they received communion. Our hands, she said, tell our story. And our hands, transformed in receiving... read more >

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Racial Diversity Increasing in U.S. Congregations

Martin Luther King’s once said 11 a.m. Sunday morning is the most segregated hour in America.

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Five Hopeful Signs for U.S. Congregations

The number of Americans with no religious affiliation continues to rise. Fewer young people are going to church. And the effects of recession have placed greater burdens on religious institutions in a time of shrinking resources.

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Are There Guns in Your Church

Connie Peterson is an accountant whose work requires a calculator, not a weapon. But she doesn’t go anywhere without...

6/10 Religiously Unaffiliated Americans are Athiest, Agnostic or “Nothing in Particular”

"A growing share of Americans are religiously unaffiliated. We recently asked a representative sample of more...

Art and Music Helping To Survive The Worst

“How do we survive when the worst happens? What are the mechanisms?” For Joe Carter, one answer was in spirituals —...

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