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For many, the condition of United States congregations and denominations is worse than reported by sociologists. In sundry settings, the decline is now irreversible. See Jim Collins’ research about...

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In October 2012, the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life reported that, based on new data, 19.5% of Americans register no religious affiliation. This is an almost five percent increase over the...

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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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This book offers solutions for congregations who hope to grow a vibrant faith community despite declining resources and attendance, addressing potential challenges and questions you may have...

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As religious affiliation decreases, congregations worry what to do in the face of decline. Susan Beaumont, leadership expert and former Alban consultant, explains four factors that keep...

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Congregations across the United States increasingly struggle to maintain physical houses of worship as membership declines and buildings age. One preservationist deems it a “national crisis.” In...

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For congregations interested in learning about a community that has effected a significant change in culture, the story of Calvary Baptist Church in D.C. may be instructive. This Faith & Leadership...

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Putnam and Campbell make the case that religion still strengthens the American common good, particularly in the way many religious people, despite deep cultural divisions, practice tolerance and...

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Written for congregations in the middle of a size transition, this book tackles issues relating to potentials problems a congregation may face when they are either increasing or decreasing in...

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Rev. Evan M. Dolive is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He currently serves in Beaumont, Texas. He is also a pastor with an opinion; perhaps a controversial point...

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Certain needs develop when your congregation grows. This article will help you identify those needs. And then do something about them. When your congregation grows there is more need for formal...

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This book is written for clergy and lay leaders of congregations struggling to break through the attendance size barrier and will use organizational development observations to demystify the...

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Two things to know about this resource. First, it was produced with an Episcopal audience in mind. Second, the information it provides about size theory is applicable to almost any Protestant...

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