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Mark DeVries, founder of Youth Ministry Architects, gives congregations struggling with youth ministry new hope and careful direction. He begins with a statement of the problem often found in youth...

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Research shows that congregations are more engaged than ever in their local community. Is this true for your congregation? Or is this a new goal? Joy Skjegstad describes seven models by which...

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"We must see the surrounding community as our congregation," asserts veteran United Methodist pastor, Daniels. Based on the author’s experience leading congregational revitalization, and drawing...

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The value of parish nursing is enthusiastically expressed by several parish nurses, including a Hispanic nurse. The speakers tell what parishes nurse do, how they view their work and how they have...

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Many congregations are big on community ministries for others. Increasingly, however, leaders are learning that long-term effectiveness comes from mutual ministry - community ministry where...

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Robert Lupton is founder and director of FCS Urban Ministries (Focused Community Strategies) in Atlanta, which he has led for four decades. This popular book addresses a fundamental concern Lupton...

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Empowerment is the first in a series of Toolkits produced by the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) to teach their unique approach to neighborhood-based ministry. The DVD and...

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For a number of years, urban congregations have struggled to understand how to serve their local neighborhoods. Broadway United Methodist Church in Indianapolis has embraced this issue by letting...

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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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Jorge Acevedo is a United Methodist pastor in Florida, whose Grace Church has grown into a multi-site, multi-ethnic ministry. Acevedo has realized vitality in his congregation through an outward...

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Congregations looking for inspiration regarding their potential impact on communities will find it here. The Center for Transforming Communities (CTC) is a success story. Their mission is to...

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In this timeless, award-winning work, urban pastor and professor, Ray Bakke gives congregational leaders a practical guide to the daily tasks of urban ministry. He challenges leaders to articulate...

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Asset-Based Community Development Institute (ABCD)’s home to the growing movement that considers local assets as the primary building blocks of sustainable community development. ABCD staff...

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Noted author, founder and president of Focused Community Strategies Urban Ministries in Atlanta, GA, Lupton retells the Biblical story of Nehemiah, drawing parallels to his own experience of urban...

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Nancy Ammerman’s qualitative study of American congregations and their varied partnerships has much to offer congregations that are concerned with their public ministry and impact. While this book...

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This thorough treatment of the subject provides any congregation the necessary tools to decide whether or not starting a nonprofit organization is in the best interest of the congregation and of...

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Christian Community Development Association (CCDA)’s mission is to inspire, train, and connect Christians who want to reclaim and restore under-resourced communities. Their model is based on...

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The acknowledged expert on this question, Joy Skjegstad draws from her speaking and consulting as well as her book (Starting a Nonprofit at Your Church) to offer congregations an 800-word sketch...

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The Inner City Ministry of Campus Crusade partners with inner-city churches who want to minister to the whole person: body, mind, and spirit. Their goal is to grow and develop new disciples, but...

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Positive deviance is an asset-based approach used to address many social challenges. It has been used in third world countries. It has been employed by those trying to solve United States inner...

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