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Guidelines for College Governing Boards Inform Church Practices

The “Statement on Board Responsibilities for Institutional Governance” proposes a set of best governance practices for administrators of colleges and universities. This blog post suggests that the key lessons are... read more >

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Congregational Life Assessment Resources

Hartford Seminary’s Hartford Institute for Religion Research offers three free self-assessment inventories, which assess member perspectives on church programs and clergy needs. The responses of the 11,386 respondents in 84... read more >

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Congregational Life Assessment Inventories

These three assessment inventories are designed to assist in your congregation's self-assessment. The Pastoral Search Inventory assists congregations in identifying what the congregation needs and wants in the next minister.... read more >

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Fostering Connections Among Denominational Levels of Authority

Neither congregations nor regional judicatories flourish when their constituent members and organizations do not have some connection to one another; and without a sense of connection and unity, the denomination... read more >

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Judicatory Work with Congregations: What They Do and Why

The general question under discussion in this paper is how judicatory executives best carry out their work to keep their congregations vital and associated in common mission, given the tensions... read more >

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What Judicatories and Churches Seek in a New Senior Pastor

Churches typically want their new clergy to be a mid-30s male, married with young children. He should possess 15 years experience, be able to fit well within the existing culture,... read more >

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Strategies to Interest Large Churches in Assisting Small Churches

Most often, pastors of large congregations have opportunities and challenges that are completely unlike those facing average-sized and small congregations. Consequently, large-church clergy have little in common with most church... read more >

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What Lay People Want in Pastors

Lay people want a pastor who can laugh. That's what denominational executives and lay members in seven denominations said during a comprehensive study of what people want in a pastor.... read more >

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21st Century Clergy Job Outlook

Current data suggests that while the number of small churches is expanding, the majority of church attendees are moving into megachurches. As a consequence, fewer clergy will be able to... read more >

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Bibliography of Scholarly Writing about Denominations

Here is a bibliography of scholarly books and articles on denominational study collated and maintained by the Hartford Institute for Religion Research. Where available, books have embedded links to facilitate... 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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