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Professor Melody Maxwell has visited a lot of congregations, and she reflects on her “guest” experiences to offer congregations seven actions they can take to be more welcoming to guests. Four of...

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The research seems clear: the United States is becoming increasingly multicultural-in its cities and towns, its civic institutions, and not surprisingly, in its churches. Professors Elizabeth...

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Many congregations lament the loss of those between the ages of eighteen and twenty-three in their congregations. Sociologist of Religion Christian Smith and Professor Patricia Snell engaged in...

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The Hospitality Audit is a free web resource designed by Chris Walker, Presbyterian pastor and church evangelism coach. The audit is a twenty-page downloadable survey to help congregations take a...

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Builders, Silents, Boomers, Gen-Xers, Millennials, and Gen-Z: who are all these people, what do they want, and how can they form a congregational community that embodies unity yet does not demand...

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The game of football provides the conceptual framework for this practical guide to growing up, written by a veteran minister with a passion for today’s youth. With the authority of an experienced...

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This edited volume considers the “tidal wave” impact of incarceration on the African American community and argues for an intentional response from the church. It offers concrete programs and...

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Studies show that Christian institutions are not immune to the national bullying epidemic. Peace Keepers is a resource for educators who wish to address the problem in faith-consonant ways. It is...

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Congregations across the United States increasingly struggle to maintain physical houses of worship as membership declines and buildings age. One preservationist deems it a “national crisis.” In...

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“Bullycide” is a hybrid word referring to suicides that occur as a result of extreme bullying. With the number of teen bullycides growing, how can congregations respond? This article by an award...

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“It wouldn’t make sense to build a soccer field if our ministry is basketball.” This 12-page guide from Disciples Extension Fund is written with non-experts in mind. The planning and building...

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