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Breaking free from the stereotype of the disengaged teen could help churches serve them better. And as those teens age into adulthood, congregations need to be willing to work to keep them involved.

 

 

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As fewer young people fill the pews of houses of worship, some congregations are trying innovative ways to halt the exodus of young adults from organized religion.

Staci Imes knew she wanted to study at a seminary with a strong commitment to social justice.  She knew she wanted a program focused on training ministers, rather than scholars.  And while she’s committed to her denomination, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), she relishes the idea of studying with people from different traditions. But which seminary was for her?

Emerging adults least likely to engage their faith Lilly Foundation Funding Grants Insights into Religion News

Those who maintained the highest levels of religious commitment as adults adopted those habits earlier in life.

7 Ways Congregations Can Embrace People With Special Needs Lilly Foundation Funding Grants Insights into Religion News

Fewer than half of the parents surveyed in a recent study said their faith community is supportive of their child with special needs. A church must include all, and here are some ways to do that.

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Strengthening Indianapolis Through Arts and Cultural Innovation

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