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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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Filling the pews and reviving a stagnant church

One of the dangers of success is complacency. Take, for example, Bethlehem Steel, once the pre-eminent manufacturer of bar steel. Confident of its position, it ignored the inferior product of... read more >

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Unlock your Congregation's Gifts to Grow in Faith

Does your worship committee often find itself saying,  "We need to do something different to connect with young families and passive worship attendees." What is the way forward? Musician, composer,... read more >

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Combating Jewish Disinterest in the Centerist Path

In 1971, about 41 percent of American Jews were part of the Conservative Judaism movement, a centerist path "deeply rooted in tradition, yet informed by modernity." However, a 2013 Pew... read more >

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Resources for Promoting Congregational Growth

In a downloadable, PDF-formatted review of 4 growing faith communities located in various parts of Indiana, the Indianapolis Center for Congregations, an organization focused on helping Indiana congregations to take... read more >

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Conservative Commencement Address 

"Harvard professor Danielle Allen's commence address at Pomona College was among the best at this year's graduations,...

A Sea of iPhones in Churches - Is It A Good Thing?

Episcopal Bishop Michael Curry delivered at the royal wedding a few weeks ago drew notice around the world for its...

All Over The World Young People Tend To Be Less Religious

"Recent surveys have found that younger adults are far less likely than older generations to identify with a...

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