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Demographic information for congregations is readily available, sometimes free and sometimes for a price. The Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA) is the best free website of religious...

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Documented, undocumented, legal, or illegal . . . immigration is a controversial subject in the United States and consequently for congregations in the United States. Stephen Bouman, former pastor...

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Bryan Massingale is a priest and professor who combines scholarship, personal experience, and passion to examine and discuss the Roman Catholic Church’s response to racism in the United States. He...

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“Children’s ministry isn’t about building fun, entertaining programs for children so parents will be able to attend church without being interrupted.” Rather, veteran children’s ministers, Ivy...

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Statistics suggest that a learning difference or disability impacts one in four families. According to Episcopal priest, Susan Richardson, society’s current person-centered, relational approach to...

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“I have found that accurate information is one of the most powerful tools in creating a successful program for including children with disabilities in church and school.” This highly informative...

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Worship Facilities Magazine’s educational and informative articles address different questions and concerns about a congregation’s facility. The magazine’s goal is to help congregations design,...

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Erik Carter states that a congregational community is an ideal place to share and strengthen faith, form lasting relationships, and develop special gifts and talents. Too often, though, people with...

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Ethnic Specific and Multicultural Ministries, the term used on the denominational website of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), guides the user to a general category page as well as...

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“If churches, leaders, and practitioners are not fully informed about the forces confronting black families, they will feel ill equipped to minister in meaningful and transformative ways.” With...

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Providing concrete suggestions for congregations seeking to become more involved in social outreach, this resource was produced by Hartford Seminary’s Faith Communities Today and the Cooperative...

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Produced by the United Methodist Church (UMC), this webpage provides a variety of resources for congregations to learn and mobilize for “genuine transformative ministry with the poor.” Ministry...

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Written in three parts, this book addresses the need for a “new parish,” what that “new parish” might be, and what practices enable that vision to come into being. These authors name rampant...

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The Reconciliation Ministry of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is an acknowledgment of the division and misshapen self-understanding that racism has caused within the church. It is a...

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As a scholar and professor, Ram Cnaan had long recognized the scarcity of social science research on congregations: who they are, how they are defined, and what role they play in their contexts. In...

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The Vineyard Church in Garden City, Idaho represents a growing number of Evangelical congregations who believe God calls all people of faith to care for the environment. Their journey to this...

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Bottom line: First discern your congregation’s unique vision, and the mission motivation for a building project. Then, communicate that vision and mission motivation over and over again, in...

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Friendship Ministries is a not-for-profit organization that exists to help churches and organizations around the world share God’s love with people who have intellectual disability and to enable...

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This blog is for congregational leaders desiring resources for special needs inclusion, such as conferences, articles, ideas and best practices. Particularly useful to congregational leaders are...

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Lynne Baab’s overriding desires are that congregations become clear about who they are and what they believe - their values, principles, mission, and goals - and that congregations accurately...

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