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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.

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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.

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New Tasks for the New Congregation: Reflections on Congregational Studies

Jeff Woods, associate general secretary for regional ministries of the American Baptist Churches USA, discusses changes in congregations' cultural environment before considering the new tasks that today's congregations must address.

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Promoting Peace in Regions of Conflict

In recent years, Colombia has made a growing international effort to be considered a safe country in which to live and invest. The nation's capital, Bogota, even exudes a festive,... read more >

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Two Churches Merging Into One Large Community

Research indicates that about 3,500 U.S. churches close their doors every year. In that environment, many church leaders find themselves focusing on how to keep their church doors open. But... read more >

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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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Churches, Worshipers Use Web to Connect With Faith

Praying the Rosary involves three simultaneous actions, says Catholic Kathryn Reklis, assistant professor of Modern Protestant Theology at Fordham University. “You pray repetitively, while meditating on something that is not explicitly... read more >

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Cafe-Bar-Church: Seeking New Ways to Model Christ

Martin Luther was known to invite his students to his house, where he would serve homemade ale and engage in theological conversation. Reflecting that earthiness of faith is “Luther’s Table,”... 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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