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Creating positive change by working together

To help congregations embrace change based in their strengths and positive attributes, the Indianapolis Center for Congregations, dedicated to supporting and strengthening Indiana congregations, hosted the Flourishing Congregations initiative. The... read more >

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Starting a new church: advice, experts and support

The Indianapolis Center for Congregations, dedicated to supporting and strengthening Indiana congregations, prepared a special report that catalogs practical resources on the topic of new congregation development. The free PDF... read more >

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Engaging the community in your missional church

Recognizing that in today’s post-Christian, multicultural society the church is no longer at the center of its community so they need a new way to engage the gospel, the congregation... read more >

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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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Nurturing children's spirituality through stories

Educator, consultant and author Ivy Beckwith facilitated a workshop for the Indianapolis Center for Congregations, an organization dedicated to helping strengthen Indiana congregations, that focused on ways to spiritually nurture... 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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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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International Peacemaker on Syrian Refugee Crisis at Union Seminary

Dr. Mary Mikhael, a native of Syria, will visit Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond October 3, 2018, to address the...

Discovering Hope in the Valley of Dry Bones

Struggling in the valley of dry bones?Listen and subscribe to Faith & Leadership's podcast, Can These Bones. The...

The Heart of a Servant and Faith Like a Child

Here are some sermon resources and art work for the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost - September 23, 2018 (Year B)...

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