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There are a lot of books about church growth and church health, but few about what it means for a church to live to their potential. This book is one that is about the latter. It’s about churches...

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Conversations abound in congregations. Over coffee, at evening meetings, via email; in some ways the sermon itself is a conversation. Too often, conversations amount to so much talk and too little...

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Based in Milwaukee and affiliated with the United States Catholic Conference, the Parish Evaluation Project, is an experienced consulting organization, serving Catholic parishes and organizations...

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Job and committee descriptions are a critical link between a congregation’s vision and strategic plan and implementation. Some may feel a natural resistance to the perceived restrictions that job...

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Timely and appropriate care of their sacred space helps congregations keep the focus on mission and ministry. A facilities assessment can inform a range of building concerns, from routine...

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Sometimes, numbers do help. This resource will provide you with data. It is the website for the National Congregations Study. The newest data was posted in the winter of 2014. How can you use the...

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The Leadership Network began in 1984 with a group of 20 that wanted the church to have deeper impact on the world. Now they serve over 200,000 leaders all over the world. Names associated with...

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Readers have been offered many titles by Timothy Keller over the past few years. Keller is the pastor at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City. He has pastoral and theological wisdom to...

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Hayim Herring is the author of the 2012 book Tomorrow’s Synagogue Today. He is also a congregational consultant working primarily with synagogues. His consulting work often addresses issues...

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This is a short article about how to plan a “Miracle Sunday”, a special offering that takes place rarely, but often yields excellent results for the congregation. The Miracle Sunday offering is...

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This article captures the thinking of Rabbi Sid Schwarz concerning the challenges facing synagogues in the United States. Rabbi Schwarz is the director of the Clergy Leadership Incubator (CLI), a...

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Any instance of child abuse is a betrayal, and if it happens in a congregation, it can be devastating. Christianity Today offers this article to help congregations prevent-as much as possible-any...

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Author and accounting professor emeritus Richard Vargo seeks to help churches understand and create budgets that then improve congregational health. Vargo first grounds readers in fiscal...

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This blog is updated with new content nearly every week, including short articles and the occasional free webinar on various aspects of philanthropy and giving. Special attention is given to the...

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Congregations with historic houses of worship can be daunted by their building’s maintenance, repair and renovation requirements. A building conditions survey offers an assessment that results in a...

Thumb research strategies for congregations

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“What is God calling our congregation to be and do? How can we effectively engage with our community?” Congregations can explore these strategic questions and more by using the processes described...

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Do your church’s worship services create an environment where God’s transformative presence can be experienced? Creating vibrant worship can be a challenge, and perhaps especially if it is done...

Thumb evaluating your ministry

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This brief article advocates for ministry and program evaluation and overcoming discomfort with evaluation to include it in intentional and effective ways. It begins by noting that evaluation...

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Over the course of twenty-five years, Natural Church Development (NCD) has developed a strategic planning and implementation program that has proven effective in thousands of congregations...

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A Gift Acceptance Policy governs a congregation’s receipt of donations, especially deferred donations, designated donations, and gifts of real or personal property. Many congregations will find it...

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