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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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On my way to work, I drive by two church buildings. One building used to be the home of a Methodist congregation, the other formerly a home for a Roman Catholic congregation. The people have gone...

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This quick and credible overview without a sales agenda is a helpful introduction for congregations considering church management software (ChMS). It highlights the get-started basic questions: How...

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This article is addressed to small congregations whose current situation is not working and intentional decisions about the congregation’s future must be made. Alice Mann, former Alban Institute...

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The developmental life of congregations follows a predictable trajectory. Veteran pastor, congregational consultant and coach George Bullard presents a life cycle model that can help leaders...

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A Pennsylvania synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) has published a comprehensive downloadable guide to closing a congregation. Beginning with theological and biblical...

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Written from the front lines of declining mainline congregations that are coming to the conclusion that it is time to close their doors, Michael K. Jones’ Empty Houses is an eminently practical...

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Inspired by the similarities she observed in the death of her father and the decline of her congregation, Alban Institute writer Glenda Prins provides a deeply pastoral examination of the parallels...

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Kairos Legacy Partners self-identifies as an expanding network of experienced Christian leaders whose mission is to safeguard church properties, re-deploy assets of declining churches, and empower...

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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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“Leaders never ask participating congregations to commit to merger. They ask faithful Christians to commit to a large, bolder Biblical vision.” Mergers are often last-ditch efforts by dying...

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Denominational leader and former pastor Jeffrey Jones offers both “hard truths” and hope to congregations who desire vibrant and healthy faith communities despite declining attendance and...

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