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"We must see the surrounding community as our congregation," asserts veteran United Methodist pastor, Daniels. Based on the author’s experience leading congregational revitalization, and drawing...

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Research shows that congregations are more engaged than ever in their local community. Is this true for your congregation? Or is this a new goal? Joy Skjegstad describes seven models by which...

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The Community Tool Box is a public service of the University of Kansas and its KU Work Group for Community Health and Development. This free, online resource teaches the skills needed for building...

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“The Jewish community garden is a hands-on classroom to teach about Judaism’s relationship to creation.” This 70-page document is the culmination of a three-year grant project that established...

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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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Congregations looking for inspiration regarding their potential impact on communities will find it here. The Center for Transforming Communities (CTC) is a success story. Their mission is to...

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Empowerment is the first in a series of Toolkits produced by the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) to teach their unique approach to neighborhood-based ministry. The DVD and...

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Christian Community Development Association (CCDA)’s mission is to inspire, train, and connect Christians who want to reclaim and restore under-resourced communities. Their model is based on...

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The Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) was born out of John Perkin’s decades of work in the racially charged American South. Perkins, a renowned civil rights activist and author,...

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Asset-Based Community Development Institute (ABCD)’s home to the growing movement that considers local assets as the primary building blocks of sustainable community development. ABCD staff...

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Central to healthy congregations and communities are individuals coming together to solve problems and do greater good. It’s not easy. Good intentions are not enough. Ask anyone who has found...

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Marcel Proust said, “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes” -and that’s what this book provides congregational leaders. Through integrating the...

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Noted author, founder and president of Focused Community Strategies Urban Ministries in Atlanta, GA, Lupton retells the Biblical story of Nehemiah, drawing parallels to his own experience of urban...

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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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“What is God calling our congregation to be and do? How can we effectively engage with our community?” Congregations can explore these strategic questions and more by using the processes described...

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An initiative of the Pew Charitable Trusts, the FASTEN website resources congregations seeking to renew their urban communities. Congregations will find free tools to tackle urban challenges,...

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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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People passionate about church growth, social ministry, racial justice, worship, health care, housing, community organizing, mental health, and leadership will be enlightened by the honest,...

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Social justice work, so deeply rooted in Judaism, often finds itself sidelined in congregational life. Rabbi Jill Jacobs offers this workbook to synagogues who want to make social justice work a...

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Transforming any group of individuals into a cohesive community takes energy, passion, and desire. It also takes planning, strategy, and a process, and that is what author and consultant Peter...

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