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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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


Good Chapel Planning Begins with Asking the Right Questions

A 2012 seminar on chapel planning for the high school setting revealed that there is a wide variety in how often chapel happens, that some chapel models work better than... read more >


A Chapel Planning Process that Engages Students

“In chapel now, there’s not nearly as much talking or goofing around or being late,” says Ben Dykhouse in an interview conducted by Joan Huyser-Honig for the Calvin Institute of... read more >


The key to keeping teens in the church: Engage them

Too frequently, marginalized teens “graduate” from church and may not return for decades, if ever. To change that pattern, churches need to provide opportunities for youth to get involved, says... read more >


Symposium presents ideas for Improving chapel services

The consensus from a 2012 symposium on high school chapel services: Make chapel planning more collaborative. The symposium, held at the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, which promotes worship renewal,... read more >


Bringing faiths together through music

More than a century ago, missionaries discovered that singing biblical psalms set to indigenous melodies produced mass conversions among the persecuted Punjabis of what is now Pakistan. The Rev. Eric... read more >





Holy Week Inspiration

In a few weeks, Christians around the world celebrate Holy Week and Easter, commemorating the final days of Jesus...

Encouraging Youth Away From Marijuana

   The legislative wars over marijuana are mostly trending in favor of those who support legalization. More...

Leadership La Porte County Hosts its 2nd Annual “Volunteer Expo” on April 19

Leadership La Porte County, Inc. was formed in 1984, with support from the Lilly Foundation, to encourage engaged...

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