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Luther Seminary’s extensive online database of stewardship resources includes articles, reviews of books and films, bible studies, and resources for worship, including sermons. Robust theological...

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Church Collaboration is a website built by coaching and consulting firm ChurchFuture of Minneapolis that draws on research of various types of church mergers and collaboration models to provide...

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The people of Lake Chelan Lutheran Church created a liturgy to make it easier for family, friends, and congregation volunteers to visit people who are dying. To help them “bear witness to Jesus in...

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Lutheran pastor and author D. Foy Christopherson’s experience and training on the relationship between worship goals and worship spaces inform this work. Christopherson believes there is a...

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Not merely a book for preachers, Craig Satterlee has written a theological guide for thinking about raising money in the church. Structured around a series of questions to ask when preparing to...

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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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Evangelical Lutheran Church in America pastor Rev. Thomas Weitzel has created a church closing liturgy that fits around the structure of a Sunday morning service of Word and Table, and usable in a...

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Here Lutheran Bishop and former pastor Wayne Miller reflects on hospitality and the stranger through the lens of immigration. Hospitality, says Miller, is often seen as “a matter of decency,” a...

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This downloadable guide by specialized transitional minister Ron Bouwkamp focuses on concrete, practical steps to follow for a church that has already made the decision to close. An initial meeting...

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Documented, undocumented, legal, or illegal . . . immigration is a controversial subject in the United States and consequently for congregations in the United States. Stephen Bouman, former pastor...

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Alban Institute publication Ending with Hope is based on the foundational vision “that closing a congregation is a resurrection opportunity to release resources for new ministry” (Preface, vii)....

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