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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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A United Methodist pastor, professor of preaching and worship, and former seminary president, Mcelvaney writes with an awareness of the difficulties facing 21st century congregations, encouraging...

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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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For more than 40 years, Sojourners, an evangelical Christian organization with international reach, has been committed to “faith in action for social justice.” Sojourners provides resources and...

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Dawnings is a denomination-wide initiative of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. The process offers congregations, individuals, and partner organizations an opportunity to discern the vision of...

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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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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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This book is aimed at those who are unsettled by the feelings of isolation and disconnection that are too-easy to find in everyday American life, and asks the question “What is the most loving...

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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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Groundswell, a project of Auburn Theological Seminary, is an online community that provides digital tools and training for people of faith to mobilize and advocate using social media and the...

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FaithHealthNC is a partnership between faith communities, health systems and other health care providers focused on improving health. If your congregation is ready to take the next step beyond...

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Professor and African American urban church pastor, Ron Peters offers church leaders fresh perspectives on the theory and practice of urban ministry. Asserting that care for the city is the call...

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For congregations interested in both service to the world and the vitality of their own communities, mega-church pastor Mike Slaughter’s book and accompanying resources can be an inspiring and...

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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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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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These days, you need time to browse information without a specific purpose. Scanning the landscape allows connections to be made even when you aren’t looking for them. The Faith & Leadership...

Thumb the deconstructed church

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Many of us have heard much about the Emerging Church movement. In some ways, the phrase has already passed us by. Congregational life is changing that fast in some contexts. Whatever one calls the...

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Poverty is a real and complex issue for persons of faith, whether it’s in their backyard or on the other side of the world. This book is a frank analysis of poverty from a social science and...

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The National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) is a leading national public policy organization sponsored by the Department of Health Policy and Management, Mailman School of Public Health at...

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GenerationOn is the youth division of the 1989 President George H.W. Bush Points of Light initiative. As such, GenerationOn seeks to empower children and youth to grow into being community leaders,...

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