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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...

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This short article is directed to any congregation with outreach or community ministries, advocating for careful program evaluation to build on success, avoid repeating mistakes, and improve...

Thumb raising the roof

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Church leaders facing a prolonged plateau of growth and wondering what to do will find Alice Mann’s book, Raising the Roof, a gift of hope. Mann, at the time a Senior Consultant with the Alban...

Thumb level best

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This book targets small nonprofits and will be useful to any congregation seeking to evaluate particular programs or ministries in a systematic way. Beginning with some definitions of evaluation...

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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The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center in Nashville, Tennessee provides wide-ranging disabilities research, services and training for educators, service providers and religious leaders. One of their...

Thumb projects that matter

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This book brings the process of formal and systemic program and project evaluation into congregations and religious organizations. It includes numerous examples from congregational and...

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The 24/7 nature of congregational ministry can take its toll on leaders. Pastors looking to maintain or regain personal and professional health can turn to the Davidson Centre for help. The Clergy...

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Reducing household energy usage can save hundreds of dollars annually, but not knowing what to do or how to do it can stymy even the best-intentioned steward. This 12-step program helps individuals...

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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...

Thumb how your cong learns

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How Your Congregation Learns describes how congregational leaders move from identifying a congregational challenge to a project, program and activity that effectively addresses the challenge. The...

Thumb the church construction kit

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Architect Dean Morgan agrees with those who say that “buildings communicate.” Morgan believes that providing a beautiful facility is one way to communicate how a congregation feels about God and...

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“Renewal periods are not vacations, but times for intentional exploration and reflection, for drinking again from God's life-giving waters.” Christian clergy and their congregations are eligible...

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Certain needs develop when your congregation grows. This article will help you identify those needs. And then do something about them. When your congregation grows there is more need for formal...

Thumb myth of the 200

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More than one clergy person has remarked, “We get to 200 then the next year we are back down to 160 in worship. Why is this happening?” There is something about the 200 barrier. This book takes...

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The mission of The Fund Raising School is simple: Improving the success of organizations by improving their fund raising success. This entity of the Indiana University Lilly Family School of...

Thumb preparing to build

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This comprehensive book is a very helpful aid to congregations considering a building project. Fund raising and building consultant, Stephen Anderson takes readers through a complete building...

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WeShare, a division of Liturigcal Press, Inc., is a stewardship communication company that offers congregations and other nonprofits software to enable congregants to make online donations....

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Vanco Payment Solutions offers online giving and electronic financial services for various organizations, including religious institutions. Parishioners can give online, use credit cards, have...

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SimpleGive is an online giving software vendor that brings technology to religious groups and other nonprofits. SimpleGive can receive donations via computers, smartphones, on-site kiosks, and text...

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