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Demographic information for congregations is readily available, sometimes free and sometimes for a price. The Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA) is the best free website of religious...

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“We should start a new church.” This may be the idea of one person. It may be the call of a small group of energized individuals. Or, it may be the conclusion of a study by a large congregation...

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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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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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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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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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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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Ethnic Specific and Multicultural Ministries, the term used on the denominational website of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), guides the user to a general category page as well as...

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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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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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This history and identity of Resurrection Lutheran Church in Roxbury, Massachusetts is a model of adaptive, resilient congregational change. Founded by Swedish immigrants in the nineteenth century,...

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