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Sing the Catechism: The Power of Music for Faith Formation

The notion of using music to teach Scripture may seem difficult to pastors and worship leaders, especially those who lead small congregations. However Boyne City, Michigan, pastor Elizabeth Broschart says... read more >

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Perspectives on Preaching: the African-American Tradition

In the African-American preaching tradition, the purpose of preaching is to help people experience the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Within that rubric exist a range of... read more >

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The Five Most Common Preaching Mistakes

As the world moves solidly into the technological age, consumers increasingly expect high “production value” in their consumed content. That expectation permeates all aspects of life, including the church, where... read more >

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Resource: Sing Prayers for the Worldwide Church

"Sometimes a song is the best way to confess together the things that keep our churches from being Christ's visible presence in the world," writes Joan Huyser-Honig in an article... read more >

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Musician Steve Bell: Music Is A Doorway To Faith

Music, says longtime Christian musician Steve Bell, can open the heart to plant a seed of faith. "Modern theology is all about controlling outcomes," according to Bell. It is part of... read more >

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How to Preach to Transform Lives

Effective preaching requires several elements. For one, it is important that listeners form an emotional connection with the characters and narrative. That is, the drama of the Scriptures has to... read more >

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Proclaiming the Psalms

We live in what has been termed the "age of the Spirit," where our grandparents lived in the "age of the Word." Today, Christian expression has more to do with... read more >

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Inspiration for churches at Lent

The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, which promotes the study of Christian worship and the renewal of worship in Christian faith communities, has prepared several resources to support the worshipful... read more >

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Use Your Hymnal as a Pastoral Care Resource

Every meeting between a pastor and a congregant to offer spiritual comfort, encouragement or support is pastoral care at its most basic and central. However, pastoral care also encompasses all... read more >

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Psalms Encourage Family Faith Formation

When all ages interact together with the Psalms, they develop a common language for life together with God. The power of the Psalms is that they can provide language children... 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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