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Creating positive change by working together

To help congregations embrace change based in their strengths and positive attributes, the Indianapolis Center for Congregations, dedicated to supporting and strengthening Indiana congregations, hosted the Flourishing Congregations initiative. The... read more >


Engaging the Community in Your Missional Church

Recognizing that in today’s post-Christian, multicultural society the church is no longer at the center of its community so they need a new way to engage the gospel, the congregation... read more >


Impacting the neighborhood around your church

Congregations have an enormous impact on their surrounding communities by providing public ministry, neighborhood programs, space availability and more, says director of Partners for Sacred Spaces Elizabeth Terry. Properly understanding your... read more >


Why the U.S. Orthodox Church Continues To Grow

While most churches struggle with membership and aging populations, the Orthodox Christian church in America has grown, and in some areas of the country, has burgeoned. Certain groups have increased... read more >


An Aging Congregation Creates a New Future

Like many mainline Protestant congregations, Gaston Oaks Baptist Church in northeast Dallas has faced decades of aging and decline. But Gaston Oaks, with an average age of 83, found a... read more >


Traditioned Innovation brings communities together

St. Lydia’s in Brooklyn is a church grounded in both early Christian practice and modern urban living. Named for the hospitable woman in the book of Acts, St. Lydia’s holds... read more >


Unique internship brings local musicians to church

Even multicultural and economically diverse congregations tend to sing gospel songs, hymns and contemporary Christian music based in (or adapted to) Western European structures and harmonies. Such music, while comfortably... read more >


Go and Make Disciples: Preaching the Great Commandment

Whether or how much Christians care about the people and places in their geographical community often depends on the sermons they hear, writes Joan Huyser-Honig in an essay prepared for... read more >


Practice what you preach: Love your neighbors

“The act of loving and serving people is sharing the gospel. When people are shown love and compassion, it stirs hope within them and a desire to seek this God... read more >


Steps to Becoming a Community that Loves its Neighbors

Lee Street Church was founded in 1926 by Dutch immigrants who wanted to worship in English. Today, the Wyoming, Mich., congregation regularly includes Spanish to fulfill the vision of its... 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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