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Applying Positive Deviance for Congregations

What if there was a way to solve your congregation’s most pressing problem? What if an approach exists that will solve something that was intractable, unmovable, resistant to all your... read more >


Sacred Texts From Diverse World Religions

Welcome to the largest freely available archive of online books about religion, mythology, folklore and the esoteric on the Internet. The site is dedicated to religious tolerance and scholarship, and... read more >

Growing Young, a Center for Congregations Workshop

Growing Young, a Center for Congregations Workshop

Dates & Time: 
Feb 23, 2017
Growing Young, February 23, 2017. Like most ministry leaders, you’ve probably heard ominous reports of the demise of faith all around us. From the disillusionment of young people to the aging of the church to the rise of the “Nones,” the list is long and disheartening. But what if that’s only part of the story? What if there are bright spots breaking through the clouds revealing energized congregations brimming with young people?


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.


How a Pastor’s Sabbatical Made Him Into a Leader-Coach

A second-career pastor, Fred Nelson, of the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Park Ridge, Illinois, has experienced congregational life and pastoral ministry the way most people do — from the "other side."


Worship Planning: Sharing Scripture Through Bible Stories

In 2014, the Center for Congregations, an Indiana-based resource that helps Indiana congregations address their challenges and opportunities, offered Indiana congregations an opportunity to attend a workshop on how to... read more >


Center For Congregations Shares Vast Resource Library Online

The Center for Congregations, an Indiana-based resource that helps Indiana congregations address their challenges and opportunities, offers an online tool to help congregational leaders from all over find and use the... read more >


Creating Effective, Life-Changing Sermons

We live in a time in which a “lack of belief in absolutes,” causes preachers to be hesitant to proclaim and honor Scripture, according to Dr. E. Dewey Smith Jr.,... read more >


Perspectives on Preaching: the African-American Tradition

In the African-American preaching tradition, the purpose of preaching is to help people experience the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Within that rubric exist a range of... 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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