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Connecting your church community online

Staying connected to your church community is easier now than ever before. As more church members connect online, so too should church leaders. The Center for Congregations, an organization that... read more >

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Strategic planning keeps congregations focused on mission

Strategic planning is “a structured conversation about what a group of people believe God calls them to be or to do," write Gil Rendle and Alice Mann in their book,... read more >

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Break Through Your Membership Glass Ceiling

While growth is exciting, it can be difficult if it's done without proper planning. In a workshop sponsored by the Indianapolis Center for Congregations, an organization that assists Indianapolis congregations in... read more >

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Theological Students and Religious Leadership for the Future

Are theological students good enough to meet future needs for religious leadership? How can theological schools and the religious bodies they serve recruit the most promising candidates for their ministries?... read more >

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Strategic Choices for Theological Schools: The Big Picture

What steps do struggling theological schools need to take to become superstars? What do these schools need to do to maintain their health? Strategic planning has become standard practice in... read more >

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Educational Debt of Theological Students: The Gathering Storm

A majority of students now carry educational debt and they are borrowing larger amounts than in the past. As a result, many theological school graduates report that their level of... read more >

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Golden Rule Christianity: Mainstream Religion

Researcher Nancy Ammerman develops the argument that Christians who have more liberal theological views, non-exclusivist convictions about religious truth, and lower levels of participation in church life are a “pervasive... read more >

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Facts about Nondenominational Congregations

Everyone’s impression is that nondenominational churches are on the rise.  Yet we know very little about the phenomenon. The Hartford Institute for Religion Research has gathered information about nondenominational congregations... read more >

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The Place of Seminary Education in the Preparation of Black Clergy

An article by Adair Lummis on the website of the Hartford Institute for Religion Research explores the changes in expectations and needs within the black American church, looks at seminary... read more >

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Perspectives on the Faith-Based Initiative

The 1996 changes to federal welfare legislation made life more difficult for single women with children, especially in this economy. Consequently, more parents are showing up at homeless shelters, and... read more >

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Are There Guns in Your Church

Connie Peterson is an accountant whose work requires a calculator, not a weapon. But she doesn’t go anywhere without...

6/10 Religiously Unaffiliated Americans are Athiest, Agnostic or “Nothing in Particular”

"A growing share of Americans are religiously unaffiliated. We recently asked a representative sample of more...

Art and Music Helping To Survive The Worst

“How do we survive when the worst happens? What are the mechanisms?” For Joe Carter, one answer was in spirituals —...

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