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Why Charitable Donations for Faith Communities are Drying Up

Journals focused toward the philanthropic sector have been making the case that nonprofit organizations have engaged in behaviors that effectively discourage big-money donors who are looking for opportunities to make... read more >

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How to Foster Human and Spiritual Formation in Distance Learning

Schools of theology are concerned with the human and spiritual formation of their seminarians as a necessary preparation of clergy who can “assist the laity in naming their experiences of... read more >

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How to Avoid New Clergy Burnout

New clergy usually start out with a passion for preaching and leading congregations. Over time, unfortunately, the passion too often subsides and the “want to” becomes a “have to,” according... read more >

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Sabbatical As Fitting Room — A Pastoral Paradigm

After thirty-three years in the ordained ministry, James E. Lamkin, of Northside Drive Baptist Church in Atlanta, offers three seminal pieces of his credo that can help other parish clergy pay attention to the emotional processes within their congregation.

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Sabbatical Offers Pastor Flight from Fear, Pathway to a New Song

Andrea Leininger, of Bethel United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, Indiana, recognized that fear is the great enemy of faith until appreciated as an invitation from God to move beyond the distraction of fearing rejection, failure, change or death.

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Four Intersections: Family, Friends, Faith and Culture

Traveling from Kenya through Egypt to Bethlehem, Robert Henderson, of the Covenant Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, rediscovered the life-giving nature of friendships both in and out of the context of ministry and the surprising adaptability of the Christian faith in challenging cultural environments.

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Sabbatical Helps Revive Pastor’s Love for Community

Quoting Ron Heifetz's dictum that leaders need to "get to the balcony" every once in a while to gain perspective...

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Sabbath: Sabbatical Offers Pastor Time for Reflection on a New Beginning

Donald Gillett II, of East Second Street Christian Church, Disciples of Christ in Lexington, Kentucky, says that he needed time to "restore my soul, ... refresh my well, ... reconnect with family, friends and my first love — God."

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The Postmodern Parish: New Ministry for a New Era

Gary Mathieson, of Shepherd of the Hill Presbyterian Church in Puyallup, Washington, recounts how he involved elders from his congregation in designing his Lilly Clergy Renewal Grant sabbatical not for him alone but for both him and the congregation.

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“Hozho” - Finding Harmony to Walk in Beauty's Way

Her discovery brought her to understand how the creative arts might be helpful in restoring sanity and soul to the pastor and congregation and be instrumental in connection both to the "Ground of All Being."

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A Piano for Christmas

It’s never too early for a great Christmas ad. This is from the folks at John Lewis in Great Britain, who every year...

Can Religion Unite America?

    Calling out racism in American churches, David Gushee, the outgoing president of the American Academy of...

Are American's Religious Communities Unique?

Two-thirds of U.S. Christians pray daily, compared with a median of just 18 percent of Christians across 15 countries...

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