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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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How to actually love your neighbor as yourself in the real world

Here is the uncomfortable truth about becoming a congregation that loves its neighbors as it loves itself: The congregation must go out and meet its neighbors, writes Joan Huyser-Honig in... read more >

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Bringing worship to life with the five senses

Fruit-flavored candy to symbolize the fruits of the Spirit; a bag of potato chips handed through the congregation with the admonition “you can only eat one,” to model restraint; trinket... read more >

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Worship ideas and inspiration on YouTube

The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, committed to the study and renewal of Christian worship in the Trinitarian tradition, has launched a YouTube channel. “Worship Renewal” contains more than 200 videos... read more >

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Clergy resources from an African American perspective

Christians regularly proclaim “Jesus is Lord.” That confession is not only a statement of personal piety, but a declaration of political allegiance, according to Brad R. Braxton, the Lois Craddock... read more >

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Strengthening Indianapolis Through Arts and Cultural Innovation

The Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc. announced the project Wednesday as one of nearly $49 million in grants for...

$2 Miilion for Community Foundation of Southern Indiana

The Community Foundation of Southern Indiana has received a grant of $2 million as part of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s...

Answering A Call For Help

Anyone who belongs to a large, extended family network that includes people living in poverty knows about that phone...

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