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Is your congregation more engaged than ever with your local community? If so, it could well mean that you have more questions than ever. How do you assess the needs of your neighborhood? How do you...

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This informative, straightforward 2 minute video is a simple introduction to missional church ideas and expectations. It is the work of Jeff Maguire, lead pastor of Mariners Church in Mission...

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Carter and Patrick are experienced urban church planters and mega-church pastors. Yet, they realize that the urban witness of the church is struggling under the changes of contemporary culture....

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One challenge faced by many congregations is the meaningful integration of public ministries of the church with the weekly rhythm of worship. This article from the Calvin Institute of Christian...

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Trending now? Externally focused or what are called “missional” congregations, says Eric Swanson, author and Leadership Network’s Community Director. Swanson narrates this YouTube video that...

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Beginning with a discussion of the growth of the prison population in the United States, this article addresses the reasons for congregations to become involved with outreach to prisoners, from 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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“One simple thing will make a big difference in the life of an at-risk child: One-on-one, positive attention from a responsible, caring adult.” Congregations looking for opportunities to serve the...

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A highly practical resource, this guide was designed for church leaders on the front lines of ministry with and for immigrant communities. Organized around a series of questions gathered by the...

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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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An initiative of the Pew Charitable Trusts, the FASTEN website resources congregations seeking to renew their urban communities. Congregations will find free tools to tackle urban challenges,...

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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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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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The intervention called positive deviance asserts that the solution to any problem is hidden in plain sight. For every unsolvable problem, the solution already exists within the community. It is a...

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If you are interested in asset-based change, this 47-minute video is well worth your time. Richard Pascale, author of the book The Power of Positive Deviance, defines “positive deviants” as those...

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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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Faithful congregants in their senior years deserve gratitude for what they have given in the past and continuing opportunities to contribute their gifts. In addition, their congregations can offer...

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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 Union for Reformed Judaism has compiled a variety of resources for congregational work on social justice, including worship materials, texts, blessings, and resources on particular topics and...

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