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Making a Connection Between Sports and Faith

In December 2011, the Religion Newswriters Association, a professional association to advance the field of reporting on religious news, prepared a Guide to Sports and Religion to provide background and... read more >

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The spiritual fruits of play

Play isn’t just for kids. It offers spiritual benefits for all ages, advocates say. Imagine Jesus as Jester.

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Simplicity sharpens focus in faith-filled lives

Simplicity can be complicated. But its spiritual rewards are great.

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What Makes a Social Service Program Faith-Based

Congregations, Communities and Leadership Development Project directors, Ronald J. Sider and Heidi Rolland Unruh, have developed criteria to distinguish between full-fledged faith-based social service programs/projects and groups that receive limited... read more >

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What Faith-Based Programs Mean to Providers

Church-based social service programs often look like secular programs, but they may be shaped by significant differences in what the effort means to staff and volunteers. For some providers, religious... read more >

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Five Ways to Incorporate Religion in Social Service Ministry

Research on how churches engage in faith-based social service ministry has uncovered five ways religious groups inject a spiritual dimension in their community work. The Congregations, Communities and Leadership Development... read more >

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Putting the Faith in Faith-Based Social Service

In social service programs, faith communities convey a religious character or message in two basic ways - environmental and active. Environmental elements are passive, institutional indicators of the religious nature... read more >

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How Churches Reach Out to their Communities

Research indicates there are five basic ways churches integrate sharing of faith and meeting social needs. Some congregations focus all of their efforts on meeting needs; some run parallel but... read more >

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Congregations, Communities and Leadership Development

Case studies of 15 socially active Protestant congregations in the greater Philadelphia area yielded information on 2,044 church members who were involved in 172 local outreach ministries. This report presents... read more >

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How Congregations do Social Service

In this chapter from the 2004 book, Congregations in America, Mark Chaves argues that churches typically engage in social services in a peripheral way. Most try to meet individual emergency... read more >

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Looking for Online Resources?

The Congregational Resource Guide (CRG) is an online tool designed to help leaders of all congregations find the right...

Is Pence Right About The Growth of Religion in the US?

"Religion in America isn’t receding. It’s just the opposite. Faith is gaining new life across America every day." —...

Apply for a Thriving in Ministry Grant

Lilly Endowment Inc. has announced a new grant program to help pastors thrive in congregational leadership and thus...

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