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Resources for Promoting Congregational Growth

In a downloadable, PDF-formatted review of 4 growing faith communities located in various parts of Indiana, the Indianapolis Center for Congregations, an organization focused on helping Indiana congregations to take advantage of the opportunities presented to them, noted that "all enjoy high visibility on well-trafficked highways; their pastoral and lay leaders are dynamic; their facilities are hubs of community life; and members are poised to expand their ministries once they address the obstacles in their paths." The article reviews the situations each congregation faces, and notes the steps to address worship community obstacles that each has taken, as a way to inform and inspire other congregations and to encourage reflection among church boards and committees. Recognizing that inspiring and training lay leadership is essential to effective church ministry and growth, in 2013 the ICC also engaged in a "systematic resource discovery process to determine what we believe to be the best resources," and published it in a downloadable PDF document. A companion article discusses the ongoing work of leadership development, and includes reflection questions and resources. Also see our feature articles, "Beyond the Worship Wars: Creative Ideas for Renewing Church Services," and "Best Resources on Congregational Vitality."



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