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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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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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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...

Thumb for the city

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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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This website helps parishes “find resources about living as communities of salt and light.” The foundation of the site is the statement of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops...

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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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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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article

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...

Thumb the power of positive deviance book

book

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...

Thumb playbook for christian manhood

book

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...

Thumb pillars of faith

book

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...

Thumb friendship margins

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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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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...

Thumb church leaders guide immigration

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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...

Thumb disrupting homelessness

book

This book takes a deep look at the structural causes of homelessness, as well as the variety of explanations and responses to this aspect of poverty in the United States. The first chapters...

Thumb the new parish

book

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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The Immigration Alliance seeks to cultivate relationships among immigrants and churches, in order that churches may become centers of multi-national welcome. A coalition of 15 evangelical...

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