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Contemporary Worship a Boon to Churches

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With its emphasis on an expressive spirituality, contemporary worship may be one of the most promising avenues for congregational growth.


Churches Going Beyond Ordinary

While all churches have weaknesses, every church has a divine calling that no other congregation has. A congregation can benefit from simultaneously building on its strengths and thinking about what... read more >


Pastoral imagination brings church from 4 to 4,000 members

Catholic priest Jack Wall inherited a church with four members in 1983. Twenty years later, the parish served 4,000 parishioners from all over the greater Chicago area. As part of... read more >


The Centrality of Worship Renewal

Renewing worship does not always (or only) mean adding new styles of music, instrumentation, liturgical expression, or preaching. Sometimes it means restoring the central things and practicing them robustly. Here... read more >


Ethnodoxology encourages people to worship in their own way

When people are encouraged to worship in their own "heart language," they are able to know God in the ways they understand. Ethnodoxology—the theological and anthropological study, and practical application,... read more >


Can Sunday be a day for sports and spirit?

Two pastors were led to new discoveries about how to meet the worship needs of contemporary families by answering the question, “Who’s missing?” Usually, people miss church for one of... read more >


Transforming Worship: Inspiring stories of change

The story of how the Eliot Presbyterian Church in Lowell, Massachusetts, transformed its experience of worship offers a model of, and perspective on, congregational renewal. An article, published online by... read more >


Mainline Christian and Jewish Decline not Foreordained

In a November, 2006 blog Rabbi Aaron Spiegel compared mainline Christian decline to that of Judaism. He cited evidence that the difficulty facing mainline Christianity is not so much a... read more >


Using Technology to Support Congregational Goals

What is the least technology you need to achieve the most for your congregation? How do you decide which technological advances to integrate and which to pass by? Using the... read more >


Transcending Negative Trends

Focusing on the positive qualities of the congregation rather than dwelling on the problems and weaknesses can transform members' perspectives and mobilize them to think and act differently regarding the... read more >





Explorer of the Universe, Stephen Hawkings Dies

  "Unlike me, Prof. Hawking did his best to stare into the far reaches of the universe. If anyone could have...

Philanthropy That Thinks Deeply About Rural Community

Based in Indianapolis, the Lilly Endowment is perhaps best known for its grants to strengthen pastoral leaders and...

Grappling with Questions of Belonging, Unity, and Faith

Years ago, against the advice of colleagues, Amanda Parrish Morgan taught Marilynne Robinson's debut novel,...

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