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Many people today think about living a more compassionate life of service, but don’t know how to express compassion in everyday life. In this study guide, developed by Restoring the Soul, a 501 (c)...

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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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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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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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Rabbi, theologian and philosopher, Abraham Joshua Heschel asserted, “The world is sustained by three things: by the Torah, by worship, and by loving deeds.” It is the third of these three things...

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What does it mean to be Christian? While we can expect various responses to that question, one common and likely suggestion is to be a servant. This study guide, developed by Restoring Your Soul, a...

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Heuertz, former director of Word Made Flesh, and Pohl, a theologian and ethicist at Asbury Theological Seminary, write together about how a new model of friendship with those at the vulnerable...

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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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Powell, executive director of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI) and a faculty member at Fuller Seminary, and Griffin, FYI associate director, provide a map for youth leaders to move from the common...

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This surprisingly user-friendly section of the Internal Revenue Service website offers useful information for congregations seeking to clarify their nonprofit status and the related legal...

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Integrating stewardship into worship can be a challenge, and David Mosser has compiled some outstanding resources to help congregations focus on this aspect of their worship and life together....

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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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If your congregation wants a missional presence in your neighborhood, check out this list of twenty-five practical, inexpensive, and easily implemented ideas from pastor and church planter Josh...

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The website associated with the Religion News Service (RNS) strives to be a single source of news about religion. Its purpose is to inform civic conversation on matters relating to belief. RNS is...

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Church Growth Services is a church-focused consultancy with over 50 years of experience assisting congregations with fundraising and capital campaigns. They emphasize a “Stewardship of Life”...

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This Roman Catholic downloadable liturgy template for the closing of a church is easily adaptable to churches of liturgical traditions, and with some creativity, those of non-liturgical traditions....

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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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Preservation of historic congregational structures can be an overwhelming task. There are a large number of things to consider, including energy efficiency, repair, and maintenance, among others....

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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,...

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Providing concrete suggestions for congregations seeking to become more involved in social outreach, this resource was produced by Hartford Seminary’s Faith Communities Today and the Cooperative...

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