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Congregational Changes over the Years


6 Resources
Divergent Church: The Bright Promise of Alternative Faith Communities
This resource explores the unique characteristics of divergent churches, examining the how and...
How Your Congregation Learns: The Learning Journey from Challenge to Achievement
This resource lays out a process for congregational leaders to move from identifying a...
The Other Philadelphia Story: How Local Congregations Support Quality of Life in Urban America
Based on multi-faith research, this book highlights the value congregations add to their...
"You Can't Quit Smoking for Someone Else": Technical Problems and Adaptive Challenges
The easily readable article explains the differences between technical and adaptive...
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28 Non-Numerical Signs Of A Healthy Church
This short blog by a small church pastor provides new factors to consider for envisioning...
Religion: What It Is, How It Works, and Why It Matters
This book provides an updated definition of religion, distinguished from older, outdated...


Tim Shapiro

Tim Shapiro is the Indianapolis Center’s president. He began serving the Center in 2003 after 18 years in pastoral ministry. For 14 years, Tim served Westminster Presbyterian Church in Xenia, Ohio. Prior to his pastorate at Westminster, he was pastor of Bethlehem Presbyterian Church in Logansport, Indiana. He holds degrees from Purdue University and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Tim’s interest in how congregations learn to do new things is represented in his book How Your Congregation LearnsAfter his extensive work on the Center’s Sacred Space initiative, Tim co-authored the book Holy Places: Matching Sacred Space with Mission and MessageHe has also authored several articles, including Applying Positive Deviance and The Congregation of Theological Coherence.

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