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Create Healthy, Positive Congregational Change

The process of congregational change can be frustrating, at best. At worst, committee members can become defensive, resistant and oppositional. Church members might leave, or withdraw their financial support or... read more >


Caring for Orphans in China

How much of a difference can one person make? In the late 1990s, Hollywood screenwriter Jenny Bowen learned of the plight of Chinese girls abandoned by their parents in a... read more >


Reshaping Ministry in the Light of a Pastors Working Group

From his experience over thirteen months with an ecumenical group of pastors, William F. Buchanan, of the Fifteenth Avenue Missionary Baptist Church in Nashville, finds hope for the church’s future... read more >


A Clergy Sabbatical: God’s 'Set-Aside' for the Soul

Lawrence Pray, of First Congregational UCC in Big Timber, Montana, compares his sabbatical experience as a “set-aside time” akin to the practice of farmers when they "set aside" certain parts of their acreage so that the earth can be renewed and provide in the future more plentiful harvests.


The Integration of Preaching & Transformational Leadership

Convinced that preaching is the primary spiritual discipline for parish leaders and yet must be connected to effective leadership in other dimensions of congregational life, Mariann Edgar Budde, of St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church in Minneapolis, pursued two projects during her sabbatical.


A Lifelong Pull Into an Unlikely Dance

James E. Wolff, senior pastor at Lawndale Christian Reformed Church in Chicago, recounts a remarkable event during a clergy sabbatical when the Holy Spirit connected the "word read" with the... read more >


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.


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."





Holy Week Inspiration

In a few weeks, Christians around the world celebrate Holy Week and Easter, commemorating the final days of Jesus...

Encouraging Youth Away From Marijuana

   The legislative wars over marijuana are mostly trending in favor of those who support legalization. More...

Leadership La Porte County Hosts its 2nd Annual “Volunteer Expo” on April 19

Leadership La Porte County, Inc. was formed in 1984, with support from the Lilly Foundation, to encourage engaged...

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