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

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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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Most people can carry a casual conversation with a young adult. If that seems like a challenge in your congregation, check out the first part of this blog <a...

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Based on an interfaith research study of more than 1,300 Philadelphia-based congregations, this resource examines the social service needs that congregations in the area fullfil.

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This short but engaging book dives into the work of two urban church planters, detailing their experiences in their ministry settings while looking at what worked and what has not.

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This web resource helps answer questions about how to better engage your congregation with the local community by providing various resources and toolkits.

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This article tells the story of seven congregations in Indiana that used positive deviance to improve their relationships with strangers and neighbors with social service needs.

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This article addresses reasons for congregations to become involved with outreach to prisoners from a perspective of restorative justice.

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This YouTube video describes key principles of positive deviance and tells stories of how positive deviance has been used effectively to solve challenges around the world.

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This article will guide congregations in discerning what process or method to employ in new community focused efforts.

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Using the game of football as a conceptual framework, this resource guides young male teenagers on an exploration of coming-of-age issues.

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This resource introduces positive deviance as an ideal problem-solving model, describing how it works and situations where positive deviance has been used.

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This organization uses technology to connect resources and volunteers to individual in need, primarily in low-income communities. They also provide free online resources for congregations about...

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