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Thumb the learning congregation

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Faith communities that effectively meet new challenges and opportunities have some behaviors in common. In this essay, a veteran pastor and president of the Indianapolis Center for Congregations...

Thumb the soul of the congregation

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Every congregation has a “culture” - a unique blend of history, values, rituals, traditions, symbols and stories which comprise its identity. Thomas Frank, professor of Church Administration and...

Thumb becoming a blessed church

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It’s not often that you read a book about church culture and leadership that is both spiritual and practical; one that provides useful tools and teaches leaders how to be spiritual leaders. In...

Thumb the god problem

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Robert Wuthnow, a sociology professor at Princeton University, continues to be a reliable researcher regarding the practice of religion in the United States. The God Problem examines the tension...

Thumb visual faith

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“What is the basis for a relationship between the church and visual imagery?” “Is art idolatry and vanity, or can it be used to strengthen the church?” For those who are asking similar questions,...

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Supported by the Archdiocese of Baltimore, ChristLife is a Catholic lay ministry created in response to Pope John Paul II’s call for “a new evangelization.” ChristLife provides a curriculum for...

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Symptomized by inadequate support (respect and deference, salary and benefits) of the pastor, Banks, a pastor and teacher, diagnoses an independent church “stewardship syndrome”. He prescribes...

Thumb turnaround churches

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The secondary title of this helpful website is “Ideas for Revitalizing Struggling Churches”. The site has many blogs and articles dealing with congregational renewal. An example is a post dealing...

Thumb life together

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On the first page of Life Together, Bonhoeffer writes, “We are not dealing with the concerns of some private circles but with a mission entrusted to the church.” This book was influenced by...

Thumb meditations of the heart

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Prolific author, educator, and influential Christian leader Howard Thurman’s (1899-1981) classic collection of meditations stands the test of time. Deeply spiritual and wise, Thurman’s work...

Thumb christianity after religion

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Not everyone agrees on what certain words mean: religious, spiritual, faith, even Christian. There was a time when discussion about the meaning of these words wasn’t needed. Even if people...

Thumb how to lead in church conflict

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The authors are practical theology professors and congregational consultants interested in the hurt and loss that undergird much congregational conflict. This book invites leaders to focus on...

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This devotional, practical, and inspirational volume illustrates and illuminates the innovative ministry model Law presents in his 2013 book, {{Holy Currencies: 6 Blessings for Sustainable Missional Ministries | https://www.amazon.com/dp/0827214928/}}...

Thumb five practices

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Robert Schnase, United Methodist Bishop of Missouri, presents five congregational practices which inform congregational health and vitality. These include: radical hospitality, passionate worship,...

Thumb faith formation learning exchange

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Youth leaders will find research-based thinking and practices to enrich their leadership and programs. Experienced practitioners provide blogs, articles, recommended resources and an interactive...

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The Alpha program is offered in churches of all denominations and has given more than 19.6 million people around the world the opportunity to explore the meaning of life. Alpha courses and...

Thumb transformational church

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The two authors, Rainer and Stetzer, are associated with Lifeway. Regarding Lifeway’s research: it assists church leaders with insight that will lead to greater levels of vitality. This book...

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Susan Nienaber has unique expertise as a congregational consultant because of her combined education and experience as a marriage and family therapist (LFMT) and her theological training (M.Div.)....

Thumb shaping spiritual leaders

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Sometimes congregants picture student ministers or seminary interns when they think about supervisory relationships within the context of their congregations. But pastor and former professor...

Thumb rich church poor church

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From his experience as a church growth and fundraising consultant, this author clarifies the issues that make stewardship so challenging in modern times. The first chapter’s discussion of the...

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