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Impacting the neighborhood around your church

Congregations have an enormous impact on their surrounding communities by providing public ministry, neighborhood programs, space availability and more, says director of Partners for Sacred Spaces Elizabeth Terry. Properly understanding your... read more >

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Finding and keeping your greatest asset: volunteers

Volunteers are a valuable asset to any organization but most especially to a faith community. National speaker and volunteer manager Andee Marks led a workshop on shared ministry for the... read more >

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Faith-Formation For the 21st Century

Consultant, educator and author John Roberto explored the shape of 21st-century faith formation and the significant forces that affect congregations, including the diverse spiritual and religious needs of contemporary people,... read more >

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How churches can help communities in tough economy

As the economy slowly makes its way back, faith communities are not only feeling the pressure from reduced member contributions, but their congregants are in increasing need of core financial... read more >

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Study offers a glimpse at America's varied faiths

The Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies compiled data on the number of congregations and adherents for 236 religious groups in the United States. Participants included 217 Christian denominations,... read more >

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Religion Around the World Studied by International Programme

The International Social Survey Programme is an ongoing cross-national collaboration that surveys areas of interest in the social sciences. One set of data of particular interest to religion researchers is... read more >

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The challenges of building an online church community

The 6,000-member Granger Community Church of South Bend, Ind., launched an online presence to reach the world. That’s something most megachurches do, but for Granger the effort failed. Church leaders... read more >

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Rare Disease Research Funded by Medical Ministry

Most public research dollars are spent on diseases that affect large populations. Rare maladies, sometimes called orphan diseases, are seldom pursued. To remedy that, Christian medical researcher Dr. Jimmy Lin... read more >

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Duplicating and expanding programs: How-to guides

Project Transformation is a literacy and youth development program begun in Texas and “grounded in three C’s: children, college students and church.” The program’s success inspired college student volunteers to... read more >

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An Aging Congregation Creates a New Future

Like many mainline Protestant congregations, Gaston Oaks Baptist Church in northeast Dallas has faced decades of aging and decline. But Gaston Oaks, with an average age of 83, found a... read more >

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Presbyterian Seminary is pleased to share W. Sibley Towner's Prayers that Sing & Stir the Heart

Study of the Torah   O God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob — for generations now, our ancestors in the faith have...

ARDA GlobalPlus: Religion and Nationalistic Politics in India

One of the most important test cases of religious and political nationalism is unfolding in India, where a political...

Anglican Archbishop’s Lenten prayer book Written by a Catholic Priest

For those that have followed the close collaboration and friendship between Pope Francis and Archbishop of Canterbury...

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