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What Clergy Do All Week

What Clergy Do All Week Lilly Foundation Funding Grants Insights into Religion News

Many church members might think the life of the pastor is spent preparing for that one-hour Sunday worship. A survey of Roman Catholic and Protestant pastors shows they do a lot more.

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U.S. Orthodox Churches at a Glance

North American Orthodox Churches are a diverse body of faith communities united by their common theology and ecclesiology, but divided by their ethnic heritage. In this table, researcher Alexei D.... read more >

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U.S. Orthodox Churches in a Global Context

North American Orthodox Churches have longstanding mother-daughter relationships with ethnic home churches in the Old World that are integral to the self-identity of the New World churches. Researcher Alexei D.... read more >

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Ethnic Traditionalism vs. Civic Involvement in North American Eastern Orthodoxy

In contemporary America the Orthodox face two temptations. One is to capitulate to the relativistic U.S. culture so the church becomes just another social club. The other is to forget... read more >

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A Reflection on the State of Pastoral Leadership

When Jackson Carroll began “Pulpit & Pew,” his large research project on pastoral leadership, he considered pastors a “troubled profession,” and braced himself for what his investigation might reveal. But five years of study, including a major national telephone survey and 23 focus groups across the country, convinced Carroll his gloomy forecast didn’t stand up.

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Articles on Pentecostalism

Here is a collection of articles examining the Pentecostal movement from a sociological perspective, including nine from sociologist and practicing Pentecostal Margaret M. Poloma. Also included are links to online... read more >

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Integrating Work and Faith

For an engaging perspective on integrating faith and work, and trusting God to be God, read this essay. The author, sociologist Margaret M. Poloma, combines the allegory of John Bunyan’s... read more >

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Transition into Ministry program helps new ministers flourish

Moving from seminary to first assignment at a congregation is always a challenge for a new pastor, but it’s even more so today. Helping young graduates become confident and effective is the goal of the Transition into Ministry program.

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The Toronto Blessing: How a Homegrown Movement Made It To The International Spotlight

In an entry prepared for the “Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements,” sociologist Margaret M. Poloma explains how the term “Toronto Blessing” was coined, briefly traces the theological legacy of... read more >

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Test of Pentecostal Evidence

The Toronto Blessing movement of renewal within the larger Pentecostal/charismatic element of Christianity has lead individuals to a greater sense of personal empowerment and commitment to help others. It has... read more >

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Support for Rural Pastors

Grove City College received a nearly $1 million grant to help establish the Project on Rural Ministry. It’s an outreach...

Sunday Church Servicing in the Wake of Hurricane Michael

"Church leaders knew the Sunday following the storm would be important and necessary in what's expected to be a...

Relationship Across Rupture

On Being with Sally Kohn & Erick Erickson, “Relationship Across Rupture”Two lightning-rod figures on...

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