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Tools For Religious Educators

Effective teaching of theological concepts, values and perspectives, and helpful use of contemporary media tools can be challenging. To help new teachers and others involved in communicating religious material in... read more >

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Preventing Child Abuse in Church

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. It offers an opportunity for communities of faith to focus attention on the ongoing legal and moral crime of diminishing and harming children. However,... read more >

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Reaching Your Community Online

In his 2015 book, "The Digital Cathedral: Networked Ministry in a Wireless World," Keith Anderson notes that the church of the future will be less an institution and more a... read more >

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Increase Young Adult Participation in Your Faith Community

At a time when a growing number of young adults aged 18 to 34 are not connected with any religion, some congregations buck the trend. Research indicates that young adults are... read more >

2015 Survey to Include Focus on Young Adult Ministry

2015 Survey to Include Focus on Young Adult Ministry

The 2015 mid-decade FACT Faith Communities Today survey of American congregations of all religions will include a number of new items aimed at gathering new information about engaging young adults in worship.

'Do's' and 'Dont's' for Attracting Young Adults to Worship Released

'Do's' and 'Dont's' for Attracting Young Adults to Worship Released

Faith Communities Today has added the final paper, Best Practices, to its Collection of Case Studies on Engaging Young Adults. Best Practices summarizing a series of "do's" and "dont's" for congregations that wish to attract and engage young adults.

Congregations should do the following:

(1) Start a new congregation or young-adult-only worship group within an existing congregation, or move an existing congregation to a new location.

(2) Involve young adults in leadership.

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How to Create a Congregational Context in which Teens Thrive

What young adults are looking for is a Christian community in which "you can smell Jesus." That quote comes from a 20-something researcher for the Barna Group who made the... read more >

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Taking it to the Streets: Christian Hip-Hop in Kenya

Christianity entered Kenya through missionary efforts. But the mistake of those early missionaries was their focus on the afterlife rather than on how temporal affairs are affected and transformed by... read more >

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Have Meaningful Engagements with Youth

How do we make meaning of our lives? Lancaster Theological Seminary professor Anabel C. Proffitt, who teaches youth ministry, argues that consumerism is a metastory, offering meaning and purpose for... read more >

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Looking for Online Resources?

The Congregational Resource Guide (CRG) is an online tool designed to help leaders of all congregations find the right...

Is Pence Right About The Growth of Religion in the US?

"Religion in America isn’t receding. It’s just the opposite. Faith is gaining new life across America every day." —...

Apply for a Thriving in Ministry Grant

Lilly Endowment Inc. has announced a new grant program to help pastors thrive in congregational leadership and thus...

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