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Congregational partnerships can be challenging.

If a congregation needs help with something beyond its grasp, its leaders are often advised to join efforts with another congregation or another...

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Increasingly, all kinds of congregations are actively externally focused. I’ve observed this since 2008. The change is remarkable. Really!

The energy is so powerful. The conversations exciting....

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Assessment tools are used in congregational planning. Such tools are helpful in strategic planning, formation of new programs, improvement of existing projects and more.

There are internal...

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This excellent video shares the devastation and grief of family members as they tell their stories and experiences. Their diversity of situations helps to give understanding to the ways grief is...

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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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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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"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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Many congregations are big on community ministries for others. Increasingly, however, leaders are learning that long-term effectiveness comes from mutual ministry - community ministry where...

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Community ministry takes many forms in congregations. One form of community ministry focuses on mutual relationships. Engaging with (not for) people in your local community is a meaningful way...

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Robert Lupton is founder and director of FCS Urban Ministries (Focused Community Strategies) in Atlanta, which he has led for four decades. This popular book addresses a fundamental concern Lupton...

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For a number of years, urban congregations have struggled to understand how to serve their local neighborhoods. Broadway United Methodist Church in Indianapolis has embraced this issue by letting...

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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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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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