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Learning (and Relearning) How To Be Hospitable

When Mount Vernon United Methodist Church in Washington, D.C., engaged in prayer and imagination to transform itself into a younger congregation, they decided to engage in a major restructuring of... read more >

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Engaging Your Church in the Local Community Takes Courage, Time

In the 1990s, Atlanta developer and philanthropist Tom Cousins brought together business, government and community leaders to transform the poverty- and crime-plagued East Lake neighborhood through a “holistic approach to... read more >

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Congregations Seek New Purpose for Historic Worship Space

Many congregations in the United States are facing a common problem: not enough attendees or savings to maintain their historic buildings. Consequently, many churches are at risk of closing, many... read more >

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Mainline Protestantism and the Challenge of Disruptive Innovation

The term "disruptive innovation" refers to the process of replacing existing products, policies or cultures with emerging technology or new systems of thought. However, innovation can be difficult for any... read more >

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Can Dying Congregations Die a 'Good' Death?

Once-mainline churches are now not only "sideline," but they are increasingly closing their doors. While many worshippers are saddened by the process, sometimes it is possible to find new life, even... read more >

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The Digital Cathedral: Imagining Networked Ministry in a Wireless World

When the great cathedrals of Europe were built, they were built to encompass entire communities. Within the cathedral grounds could be found breweries and bakeries, granaries and gardens, monasteries and... read more >

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31 New-Life Qualities for Becoming 'Alive in Christ'

In Colossians, Paul boldly states that true believers "have been raised with Christ." That is to say, Christians are "Eastered People," who have been raised from the old life of... read more >

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Embracing Spiritual Pilgrims Can Promote Church Viability

Museums have a problem. By 2012, the prolonged economic downturn had cut typical museum endowment earnings by 30 percent, forced schools to dramatically reduce their class field trips, and dried... read more >

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Life-Changing Ministry Develops From Cross-Race Friendships

In an effort to help unemployed and underemployed people, churches "tend to supply poor people with temporary help in the form of food, housing and clothing," says David Spickard, the... read more >

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Learn to Prune to Promote New Congregational Growth

Letting go is difficult. It is also an essential practice; without letting go, our lives, homes, business efforts, and social lives become tangled in the past and incapable of taking... 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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