Marie Fleming

Contributor

Marie Fleming is a contract resource consultant for the Center for Congregations. Her consulting practice includes congregation-based Permaculture Design and equipping congregations for creation care.

Contributions From Marie Fleming

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Leading Small Groups
Curator Marie Fleming
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Hope For Children In Poverty: Profiles and Possibilities
This collection of essays, testimonies, and reflections offers inspirational and practical...
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Urban Ministries, Inc.
This website offers African American resources for a wide range of denominations and...
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Children's Ministry Magazine
This website aims to serve children's ministry leaders, teams, teachers, and parents by...
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Holding Your Family Together: 5 Simple Steps to Help Bring Your Family Closer to God and Each Other
This resource outlines a five-step method any family can use to create "a home where every...
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Family Ministry: A Comprehensive Guide
This resource uses biblical and contemporary frameworks to help congregations minister to...
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Dreaming of More for the Next Generation: Lifetime Faith Ignited by Family Ministry
Scripturally-based, this book equips congregations to attend to the family as the center of...
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Building Church Leaders
This website of practical training packs quickly equips leaders and teams for effective...
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Real Kids Real Faith: Practices for Nurturing Children's Spiritual Lives
This user-friendly resource sets to inform, inspire, and guide parents, covering a range of...
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Young Children and Worship
This book introduces a Montessori-style curriculum for children, connecting their capacity for...
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Child by Child: Supporting Children with Learning Differences and Their Families
This how-to guide offers tips and tools for integrating special needs children and youth into...
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The Fabulous Reinvention of Sunday School: Transformational Techniques for Reaching and Teaching...
This resource offers practical tools and approaches that will help any children's ministry...
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Curriculum Overview for Children's Formation
This chart contains a comprehensive list of currently available children's faith formation...
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Helping Kids Include Kids with Disabilities
This practical book contains information and tools to assist congregations in their quest for...
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My Jewish Learning
My Jewish Learning is a one-stop resource for individuals and families looking for information...
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Praying in Color, Kids' Edition
In a voice addressed to children, this resource introduces a form of purposeful doodling that...
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Kids Hope USA
This organization connects congregations with at-risk children for mentorship opportunities. ...
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Take Me Home: Notes on the Church Year for Children
Addressed for Catholic children, this resource contains richly illustrated entries featuring a...
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Helping Our Children Grow in Faith: How the Church Can Nurture the Spiritual Development of Kids
This resource discusses the six principles needed to help children develop a three-dimensional...
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Simply in Season Children's Cookbook
This book seeks to restore a relationship between children and their food, offering wisdom and...
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Jewish Lights Publishing: Children's Books
This web resource provides books which take on universal topics like grief and loss,...
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International Network of Children's Ministry
This organization provides resources for and fosters connections among children's ministry...
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Strategies for Educating African American Children
This resource combines knowledge of the African American Sunday School tradition with insights...
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Enduring Connections: Creating a Preschool and Children's Ministry
Written by a children's ministry specialist, this resource launches a conversation on a range...
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9 Things They Didn't Teach Me in College about Children's Ministry
This book offers practical tips and tools for children's ministry staff, covering topics such...
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Faith Forward: A Dialogue on Children, Youth, and a New Kind of Christianity
This resource draws from a 2012 conference on Children, Youth and a New Kind of Christianity,...
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Children's Ministry in the Way of Jesus
This resource draws from the authors' experience in addition to a range of traditional and...
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It Worked for Us: Best Practices for Ministry with Children and Families
This series of essays weaves wisdom and practical suggestions from dozens of experienced...
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Youth Specialties Blog
This web resource offers topics and trends in youth ministry - from Holy Week devotional...
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You Lost Me: Why Young Christians are Leaving the Church and Rethinking Faith
This web resource provides an interview with the author of a book and ground breaking study...
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Youth Ministry in the Black Church: Centered in Hope
Based on a study of more than 800 congregations, this resource draws from the experience of...
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God's Graffiti: Inspiring Stories for Teens
This resource turns to scripture for examples of people who encountered and overcame difficult...
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Relationships Unfiltered. Interviews and full length video presentations featuring Andrew Root.
Relational youth ministry at its most authentic is not a means of influencing young people. It...
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The Best of Building Assets Together: Favorite Group Activities that Help Youth Succeed
This resource provides over 100 different activities to foster developmental assets in middle...
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Mission Trips that Matter: Embodied Faith for the Sake of the World
This resource seeks to optimize the impact of short term mission trips on young people by...
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Playbook for Christian Manhood: 12 Key Plays for Black Teen Boys
Using the game of football as a conceptual framework, this resource guides young male...
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Youth Ministry: What's Gone Wrong and How to Get it Right
This resource details characteristics of successful youth ministries, offering tips and...
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The JGuy's Guide: The GPS for Jewish Teen Guys
Patterned after the Talmud, with multiple voices and opinions from the past and present, the...
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Student Leaders Start Here: Assessments and Tools to Help You Grow as a Leader
This interactive workbook helps young people discover and celebrate their leadership style and...
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First Third from Luther Seminary: Cultivating Faith in the First Third of Life
First Third is a web resource based on a national congregational study entitled "Exemplary...
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Head to Heart Confirmation Curriculum
This web resource by Faith5 organization offers up-to-date understandings of adolescent...
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Before You Hire a Youth Pastor: A Step-by-Step Guide to Finding the Right Fit
This book offers how-to information to hire a youth pastor, ranging from sample job...
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Starting Right: Thinking Theologically About Youth Ministry
This resource encourages readers to view youth ministry from a practical theology perspective...
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The JGirl's Guide: The Young Jewish Woman's Handbook for Coming of Age
This resource compiles voices from scripture, tradition, and from women past and present to...
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Ministry Architects
This organization provides a wide variety of resources, such as coaching, workshops, and...
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Sticky Faith: Everyday Ideas to Build Lasting Faith in Your Kids
This research-based resource identifies steps leaders and parents can take to help students...
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Please Pass the Faith: The Art of Spiritual Grandparenting
This resource looks at the role grandparenting plays in passing faith to future generations,...
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99 Ways to Raise Spiritually Healthy Children
This book invites parents and their children to embark on a journey toward deeper family...
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The Ungame
The Ungame is a non-competitive communications game that uses questions to prompt the sharing...
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Momfulness: Mothering with Mindfulness, Compassion and Grace
Through story and reflection, this resource invites moms to cherish their child-raising years...
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Intergenerational Christian Formation: Bringing the Whole Church Together in Ministry, Community...
This book encourages an intergenerational approach to ministry and explores that idea through...
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Kveller: A Jewish Twist on Parenting
Kveller.com is a website for “information and inspiration that is right for your...
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Multidimensional Ministry for Today's Black Family
This collection of essays explores a range of topics that impact the well-being of individuals...
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Good Night, Sleep Tight: Bedtime Rituals
This five-page booklet from Interfaith Family encourages parents to use bedtime as an...
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LifeWay Christian Resources: Kids Ministry 101
This web resource, provided by the congregational resource center of the Southern Baptist...
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Susan Beaumont and Associates, LLC
This organization provides consulting and online resources for leaders who serve large...
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Faith Formation in Adulthood
This resource combines theoretical and practical information to cover what a congregation...
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15 Ways to Engage a Young Man's Faith
This article draws from a study and key findings to detail 15 ways congregations can reach...
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Pilgrimage into the Last Third of Life: 7 Gateways to Spiritual Growth
Written by senior adult experts, this resource points to seven paths to a flourishing old age...
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Our Help in Ages Past: The Black Church's Ministry Among the Elderly
This thoughtful guide offers tips and tools for congregations ministering to elder...
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Reaching Out to Singles Assessment Pack
This training pack contains eight stand-alone assessment tools designed to guide conversations...
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Next Avenue: Where Grownups Keep on Growing
This website, by National Public Radio’ s Next Avenue, is a one-stop shop for...
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Parent Talk: Nine Conversations to Have with Your Aging Loved Ones
This resource equips caregivers for having difficult conversations with one's aging parents,...
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Welcoming the Elderly
This 5 minute video lists facility improvements that can enhance an older person's experience...
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Safe Sanctuaries: The Church Responds to Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of Older Adults
This resource provides congregations with information and strategies to protect older members...
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Young Adult: Taking a Coalition Approach to Young Adult Ministry
This brief article provides rationale and models for imaginative and fruitful engagement with...
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Living Fully, Dying Well Planning Kit: A Study for Small Groups
This DVD invites viewers to adopt a perspective of later life that is both practical and...
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Baby Boomers and Beyond: Tapping the Ministry Talents and Passion of Adults Over 50
This book explores how Baby Boomers reimagine life after 50 and offers guidance to minister to...
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Reaching Single Adults: An Essential Guide for Ministry
This guide for congregational leaders addresses how to minister to and with single adults.
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Faith Communities Today: Increasing Young Adult Participation in Churches and Other Faith...
Faith Communities Today is a web resource that examines congregations across an interfaith...
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Elderly & Living Alone in Rural Mississippi
This article details the story of an elderly man as a case study of how family, friends, and...
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A Heart of Wisdom: Making the Jewish Journey from Midlife through the Elder Years
This collection of essays offers Jewish perspectives on aging, ranging from intergenerational...
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Susan Nienaber Consulting, LLC
This organization provides consulting for congregations in conflict, needing structural...
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Inhabiting Eden: Christians, the Bible, and the Ecological Crisis
This resource turns towards scripture for inspiration and direction related to humanity's role...
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The Story of Stuff Project
This web resource, provided by Annie Leonard, details her Story of Stuff Project and has added...
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Care for Creation
This 10-minute presentation focuses on key words of the Genesis 2 and 3 stories that...
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Renewal
This video tells the stories of grassroots environmental initiatives led by people of faith...
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Food & Faith: Justice, Joy and Daily Bread
This resource reflects on the sanctity of eating, alongside the moral, spiritual, and...
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Tending to Eden: Environmental Stewardship for God's People
This resource guides individuals and congregations towards a path of responsible...
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ENERGY STAR® Action Workbook for Congregations
This government publication provides congregational facility managers with useful information...
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National Religious Partnership for the Environment
The goal of this website is to express a united commitment to “seek justice and healing...
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Blessed Tomorrow
This website offers resources to equip leaders to engage their communities for meaningful...
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Eco-Action
This web resource is perfect for any denomination and persons of faith who are looking for...
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Claiming Earth as Common Ground: The Ecological Crisis through the Lens of Faith
This collections of essays calls for urgent and cooperative action among disparate faith...
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50 Ways to Help Save the Earth: How You and Your Church Can Make a Difference
This book provides spiritual direction and practical tools to address causes of climate...
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Making Peace With the Land: God's Call to Reconcile with Creation
This resource urges readers to respond to the present and future challenges of sustaining life...
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The Mission Table: Renewing Congregation and Community
This resource intertwines personal story and biblical insight with tools for leadership...
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Let All Creation Praise
This ecumenical website resource includes a focus on “God the creator, Christ the...
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The Missional Network
This organization provides extensive resources and consulting to promote missional church...
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Adult Milestones Modules
This website offers discussion guides for adult milestones, such as buying a home or retiring....
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North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY) Bullying Initiative
This website for Jewish youth and leaders contains curricula reviews and recommendations,...
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Seeing Red: An Anger Management and Anti-Bullying Curriculum for Kids
Written in a small group format, this resource helps kids learn to self-regulate their...
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Where All Can Safely Live: A Guide to Understanding Bullying in our Communities, How to Talk...
This four-session curriculum is designed for teenagers and adults, equipping participants with...
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Starting Missional Churches: Life with God in the Neighborhood
This book provides the reader with knowledge and inspiration to start a missional church from...
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Incarnate: The Body of Christ in an Age of Disengagement
This book calls Christians to embrace the "dirt, worms, and compost" and to serve the world...
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Sentness: Six Postures of Missional Christians
This book outlines six postures that will spark a shift from consumer Christianity to a...
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Book Review: "The Vanishing Neighbor - The Transformation of American Community Culture" by Marc...
This article looks at the loss of neighborliness and offers analysis to support the missional...
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Journal of Missional Practice
This web resource offers a collection of articles that explore a featured missional topic or...
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An Akathist in Praise of God's Creation
The text of this akathist, or hymn, evokes tender and joyful images of humankind's kinship...
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'Thine of Thine Own': Orthodoxy and Ecology
This essay presents a spiritual framework for thought and action regarding climate change.
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Shaped by the Story: Discover the Art of Bible Storying
This resource presents a new method of oral storytelling to connect teens with the Bible,...
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A Sabbatical Primer for Pastors: How to Initiate and Navigate a Spiritual Renewal Leave
This book advocates for practices and policies that ensure a sabbatical for every pastor,...
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Davidson Centre for the Professions – The Clergy Program
This program for clergy offers a weeklong residential retreat that takes a holistic approach...
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Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs at Christian Theological Seminary
This organization provides annual sabbatical grants for Christian clergy of up to $50,000,...
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Journeying Toward Renewal: A Spiritual Companion for Pastoral Sabbaticals
This resource uses the journal entries of the author in addition to interviews with sabbatical...
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Sabbaticals for Ministers: The Benefits for Pastors and Congregations
This well-researched article makes a clear and compelling case for the ministry sabbatical...
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Enter the Bible
This web resource offers free study help curated by the professors at Luther Theological...
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God's EPIC Adventure: Changing Our Culture by the Story We Live and Tell
This book provides a thoughtful and thorough guide to the narrative thread that connects the...
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Six Weeks with the Bible: Catholic Perspectives
Written by experienced teachers and biblical experts, this multi-volume series explores the...
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Children of God Storybook Bible
Designed for children, this illustrated book retells over fifty Bible stories from the Old and...
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Telling God's Story: The Biblical Narrative from Beginning to End
Based on a curriculum developed by veteran college teachers, this resource explores the Bible...
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YouVersion
The YouVersion app offers free mobile application from the folks at LifeChurch.tv and makes...
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Edible Idaho: God in the Garden
This brief video is a compelling introduction to the concept of congregational garden...
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Help and Hope: Disaster Preparedness and Response Tools for Congregations
Prepared by nearly two dozen experienced disaster relief practitioners, this guide gives...
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Coming Home: Ministry That Matters with Veterans and Military Families
Written by a military chaplain, this book argues that the return of military service members...
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Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers
This resource summarizes the findings from the National Study of Youth and Religion to foster...
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Charity Detox: What Charity Would Look Like if We Cared About Results
This resource advocates for charitable approaches that create systemic change, describing...
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Research Strategies for Congregations: Tools for Understanding the People in Your Church and...
This article explores a variety of research-based strategies to help congregations gain a...
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Finding the Right Church Plant Model
This article introduces and describes five church-planting models.
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Beyond the Yellow Ribbon: Ministering to Returning Combat Veterans
This resource equips congregations with sensitive and informed approaches to military...
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Preaching God's Transforming Justice: A Lectionary Commentary Featuring 22 New Holy Days for Justice
This three-volume set examines the Revised Common Lectionary through the lens of "God's...
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Devote Yourself to the Public Reading: Enhancing the Role of Scripture Reading in Worship
This article offers a five-point argument in favor of increasing the quantity and quality of...
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Preaching Climate Justice
This article explains why climate change is a Gospel issue and offers suggestions for framing...
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Feasting on the Word Guide to Children's Sermons
This resource argues that the best children's sermon is written by the one who presents it,...
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Preaching That Matters: Reflective Practices for Transforming Sermons
This sensitive and informative book is designed to help preachers deepen their skills and...
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Festival of Homiletics
This conference offers extensive workshop options, speakers, and lectures focused on examining...
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Academy of Preachers Festival of Preaching
The Festival of Preaching is an ecumenical event for Christian teens and young adults who...
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The Season of Creation: A Preaching Commentary
This four-week liturgical will help congregations connect more fundamentally with creation.
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The Ten Commandments of iPad Preaching
Written by a pastor, this article offers suggestions for pastors considering using computer...
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Preaching: Communicating Faith in an Age of Skepticism
This resource uses a two-fold approach to form the basis for a thoughtful and practical guide...
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Pastors Should Strive to Finish Sermons as Strongly as They Began Them
This column offers a reflection on why it is important to end a sermon as thoughtfully and...
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Feasting on the Word Worship Companion
Based on the Revised Common Lectionary, this six-volume set of liturgical resources contains...
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Transitions: Leading Churches through Change
This collection of 26 essays and sermons offers wisdom and practical advice for pastors...
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Preaching in the Inventive Age
This resource argues for more interactive preaching practices, offering a new way to tell...
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Preaching in the Small Membership Church
This practical book for clergy in small congregations identifies and describes the ten roles...
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Dem Dry Bones: Preaching, Death and Hope
This resource draws upon Ezekiel 37 and African American spirituals to offer a unique insight...
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Reverse Lectionary
This web resource is a practical search tool that allows users to find out when a particular...
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Sermon Seeds
This free sermon preparation resource features commentary on at least one of the assigned...
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12 Preaching Tips I Learned from Haddon Robinson
This resource offers a bite-sized tutorial on expository preaching.
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Recapturing the Voice of God: Shaping Sermons Like Scripture
This resource describes three genres found in the Bible and explains how to shape a sermon...
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Preaching in Plenty and Want
This resource equips preachers to lead, teach, and offer hope during economic highs and lows. ...
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Missional Preaching: Engage, Embrace, Transform
This resource identifies and describes the seven goals of missional preaching.
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Foundation Center
This center helps congregations find potential funders for special ministry projects, as well...
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Church + Home: The Proven Formula for Building Lifelong Faith
This resource presents a home-centered faith formation approach as a way to establish lifelong...
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Our Day to End Poverty: 24 Ways You Can Make a Difference
Written by a long-time justice advocate, this family-friendly guide connects everyday tasks to...
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Working with Consultants
This guide walks leaders through basic considerations to make before engaging an outside...
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Calling Forth New Life: Becoming Your Freshest, Finest, and Fullest Self
This brief guide inspires and offers practical help for individuals seeking personal...
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Social Movements for Good: How Companies and Causes Create Viral Change
Based on research of millennials and their patterns of giving, this resource helps readers...
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Reimagining Faith Formation for the 21st Century: Engaging All Ages and Generations
This book offers a conceptual framework for faith formation in a changing world. Practical...
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Youth Ministry in the 21st Century: Five Views
In this book, five youth ministers discuss, compare, and contrast how to foster spiritual...
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Mastering the Art of Instruction: The 9 Essential Instructional Skills Every Teacher Needs to Master
Aimed at religious educators, this resource identifies 121 instructional behaviors that...
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Resurrection City: A Theology of Improvisation
This resource provides a theological framework to understand prophetic ministry and urges...
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Click 2 Save REBOOT: The Digital Ministry Bible
This social media overview expands on how modern-day platforms can impact the congregational...
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Millennial Ministry: It's Time We Drop the Adjective
This brief article offers common sense advice that can help any congregation welcome and...
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Clip in: Risking Hospitality in Your Church
Using the metaphor of a bicycle pedal clip, this book frames hospitality as a powerful way to...
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Ministry Incubators: Bringing Ideas Home to Roost
This organization is a incubator program and consulting group for early-stage missional...
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Natural Church Development
This organization strengthens congregations by surveying congregants, planning for growth, and...
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D6 Family: Connecting Church and Home
This organization provides resources for parents to jump-start ministry at home for their...
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StartCHURCH
This organization gives church planters resources to address the organizational,...
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The Beautiful Disciplines: Helping Young People to Develop Their Spiritual Roots
This youth curriculum is designed to help young people develop their spiritual roots, creating...
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Sticky Faith
This organization provides resources for youth ministers, congregations, and parents to help...
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Christian Copyright Licensing International (CCLI)
This organization provides congregations with legal means for utilizing copyrighted music in...
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Uncommon Decency: Christian Civility in an Uncivil World
This resource promotes positive public discourse through "convicted civility," the belief that...
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America's Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege and the Bridge to a New America
This book brings together history, current events, and faith resources to address America's...
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Group Processes that Facilitate Positive Change
This article discusses four effective processes that leaders can use to take a positive...
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Working with Architects
Written by the resource experts at the Center for Congregations, this article details things...
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Getting the Most from an Education Event
This article provides practical guidance on how to get the most out of educational events.
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Allstate Foundation Purple Purse
This website provides free resources to educate women coming out of abusive relationships...
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GoTell Communications
Through this website, decade-long ministry pastor and master storyteller Tom Boomershine and...
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Know the Best Time to Relocate Your Church
This article urges congregations to examine their identity and mission before moving...
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Merging Congregations: The Exploration, Facilitation and Execution of a Synagogue Merger, and the...
This article offers insights and practical tools to guide leaders through the intricacies of...
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Vital Merger: A New Church Start Approach that Joins Church Families Together
This book offers a proven model to ensure the success of a church merger, one that looks more...
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10 Reasons to Consider Purchasing an Existing Building for Your Church Expansion or Relocation...
This article argues that congregations seeking additional space may find their answer in...
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Should Our Church Remodel or Relocate?
This article asks 16 questions to help congregations think clearly about their options when it...
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Neighborhood Transitions, 2/4: Addressing a Changed Location by Relocating the Congregation
Part of a four-part series on ministry in changing neighborhoods, this article offers five...
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Walking with Nehemiah: Your Community is Your Congregation
This book uses the biblical story about rebuilding Jerusalem's wall as a guide for how...
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The Case for Servant Leadership
This resource paints a compelling portrait of servant leadership, using inspiring stories from...
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These Are Our Bodies: Talking Faith & Sexuality at Church & Home
This curriculum equips congregations and families for faith-based conversations on human...
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The Proximity Project: Orienting Churches to Serve Neighborhoods Through the Built Environment
This organization assists congregations in discerning and implementing the hospitality...
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Faith Formation with Baby Boomers
This article examines current research on the faith and attitudes of boomers and identifies...
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Practical Ministry Skills: Outreach to Young Adults
This collection of nine articles breaks through myths and stereotypes to inform church leaders...
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Anathoth Community Garden & Farm
This garden and farm acts as a local community center and offers a space for spiritual growth...
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Blessed Earth: Serving God, Saving the Planet
This organization provides educational resources to equip and inspire congregations in the...
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Institute for Youth Ministry
This organization trains youth ministry leaders, creates dialogue about the contemporary...
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Jewish Sacred Aging
This organization provides resources for Baby Boomers and their families within the Jewish...
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Network of Biblical Storytellers International (NBS)
This organization offers online resources and a conference to bring together storytelling...
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North American Mission Board: Church Replanting
This organization helps dying congregations foster new life through utilizing the assets of a...
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Urban Youth Workers Institute
This organization provides training and resources for effective ministry within communities of...
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Virtual Ministry Assistants
Virtual Ministry Assistants provides administrators and information technology experts to aid...
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The Life Cycle and Stages of Congregational Development
This article presents a life cycle model that can help leaders understand their congregation's...
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What Makes a Good Bible Study? The Answer May Not Be What You Think
This article provides guidance for Bible study leaders looking for a study resource,...
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Alliance of Baptists
This web resource offers a community dialogue and information for the Alliance of Baptists.
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Church Supply Warehouse
This online warehouse is geared mostly towards Catholic parishes, but serves non-Catholic...
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Christian Social Innovation: Renewing Wesleyan Witness
This thin volume celebrates the church's legacy of social innovation and calls for current...
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Using Facilities Assessments: A Resource from the Center for Congregations
This brief guide gives readers an introduction to facilities assessment and addresses what to...
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Is Your Older Adult Ministry Effective? An Easy Assessment Tool for Gauging the Effectiveness of...
This self-assessment tool helps leaders measure their congregation's capacity for reaching...
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Growing Young: Six Essential Strategies to Help Young People Discover and Love Your Church
This resource draws insights from a study of congregations and young adults to present helpful...
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Special Report: Building Conditions Surveys
This article written by a preservation specialist explains what a building conditions survey...
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Seeking Shalom: How Reimagining Charity Can Transform Lives and Restore Communities
This 6-session, web-based curriculum brings together biblical scholars, community leaders,...
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Story: The Power of Narrative for Christian Leaders
This resource focuses on story as a fundamental force in identity-formation, hope, love, and...
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Theatre for Community, Conflict and Dialogue: The Hope is Vital Training Manual
This resource uses improvisational activities to build trust, find focus, and evoke creative...
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Relating to Contractors
This two-page guide from congregational experts offers commonsense tips and tools to get the...
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Strategic Planning
This two-page guide examines what to consider when beginning the strategic planning process,...
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Selecting Fundraising Consultants
Compiled from interviews with consultants and congregational leaders, this article is designed...
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Giving Gardening: Tips and Best Practices
This document from a Seattle-based food and nutrition group helps congregations make the most...
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Ageless Faith: A Weekly Podcast
This podcast presents a weekly 30-minute broadcast addressing an issue of practical importance...
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Antagonists in the Church: How to Identify and Deal with Destructive Conflict
This resource offers insight on how to identify a bully or antagonist and guidance to address...
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Environmental Sustainability/ Stewardship
This article looks at ways to maximize congregational resources by minimizing the building's...
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Center for Congregational Resources at Samford University
This organization helps clergy and congregations understand their challenges and possibilities...
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Renovation or New Construction: From Dreams to Planning to Committees
This 12-page guide breaks down the planning and building process into manageable steps.
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Interfaith Toolkit: Engage Your Neighbors
This resource offers neighborhood engagement strategies, such as identifying concerns you hold...
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Who Does What? A Guide to Design Professionals in Preservation
This article equips congregations to determine what type of building professional to hire...
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Louisville Institute
This organization provides grants for pastoral and academic leaders to study and pursue...
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Dirt Matters: The Foundation for a Healthy, Vibrant, and Effective Congregation
This resource provides leaders with the tools to cultivate a healthy congregational culture...
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Plan 4 It: The 4 Essential Master Plans for Every Church
This book outlines how to strategically plan your building project by sharing practical wisdom...
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The Blessing: Giving the Gift of Unconditional Love and Acceptance
This resource combines theology and practical suggestions to help congregations build a...
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Community Ministry Resources
This resource compiles books, articles, websites, and more to equip congregations for mutual...
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National Human Trafficking Hotline Resources
This website for the National Human Trafficking Hotline provides concerned congregations with...
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7 Epic Youth Ministry Mistakes: How Many is Your Church Making?
This e-book shares common youth ministry mistakes and how to avoid them.
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The Mission-Minded Guide to Church and School Partnerships
This resource helps congregations strategically plan for and establish a relationship with a...
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Cancer – Now What? Taking Action, Finding Hope, and Navigating the Journey Ahead
Written in 12 sections, this pastoral guide for cancer patients and their caretakers offers a...
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Smart Compassion: How to Stop "Doing Outreach" and Start Making Change
This guide offers congregations a relationship-rich model for community ministry that can...
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Strategic Planning in Congregations
This practical article shares the insights of six congregations who hired strategic planning...
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Emerging Adulthood: The Winding Road from the Late Teens Through the Twenties
This resource presents a picture of emerging adult life, looking at the five common markers...
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Center for Parent/Youth Understanding (CPYU)
This website by youth ministry veteran Walt Mueller offers guidance to parents, teens, and...
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Crossroads Antiracism Organizing and Training: Dismantling Racism, Building Racial Justice in...
This organization facilitates conversations and trainings for congregations to address race...
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Big Questions, Worthy Dreams: Mentoring Emerging Adults in Their Search for Meaning, Purpose and...
Written by an expert on young adult development, this resource focuses on the important role...
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Small Group Network Channel
This YouTube channel, provided by Small Group Network (SGN), aims to enrich...
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FacilitiesNet
This website provides up-to-date information on all things related to facility management,...
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Witnessing Whiteness: The Need to Talk About Race and How to Do It
Written by an educator, this book reveals racist tendencies in how we speak, and details the...
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Creating Third Place Spaces at Church
This 8-page article from a church architect offers tips and a research-based approach for...
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Why They Stay: Helping Parents and Church Leaders Make Investments That Keep Children and Teens...
Based on a survey of young adults, this resource reveals what congregations and parents can do...
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Fundraising for Churches: 12 Keys to Success Every Church Leader Should Know
This story-based approach to fundraising will help churches tackle capital campaigns,...
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Kitchen Table Giving: Reimagining How Congregations Connect with their Donors
This book details how to elicit more giving by building trust.
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International Facility Management Association (IFMA)
This organization provides members with educational events, training and networking...
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Search Institute: Discovering What Kids Need to Succeed
This organization provides research and resources for congregations that help young people...
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First Impressions: Creating WOW Experiences in Your Church
This book urges congregations to treat guests with "acceptance and respect," and can be used...
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Fusion: Turning First-Time Guests into Fully-Engaged Members of Your Church
Filled with proven techniques, this book is a guide on how to welcome guests, providing...
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Orange
This go-to family ministry resource offers blogs, curricula, events, and podcasts to nurture...
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Don't Make Me Think Revisited: A Common-Sense Approach to Web and Mobile Usability
This book draws upon the expertise of a web usability professional and provides instructions...
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Discovering and Living God's Heart for Immigrants: A Guide to Welcoming the Stranger
This 6-session study guide from World Relief helps Christians welcome and minister to...
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Pew Research on Millennials
This website offers statistics and information about millennials in a collection of...
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Cause for Change: The Why and How of Nonprofit Millennial Engagement
This research-based guide dives into how to strategically engage Millennials as constituents,...
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Families at the Center of Faith Formation
This resource combines research-based findings with practical tools to examine what makes for...
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Who is my Neighbor?
This series of articles shares the story of Westbury UMC's refugee resettlement ministry as a...
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Playmeo: More than Just Fun
Playmeo is a web resource, provided by experiential educator Mark Collard, that offers...
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The Stranger: Immigrants, Scripture and the American Dream
This 42-minute video puts a human face on immigration by featuring the stories of individuals...
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Preparing to Love and Serve Our Neighbors: A Worship Experience
This ecumenical worship guide outlines a liturgy for the groundbreaking Fondren Apartment...
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It's Just a Phase (So Don't Miss it): For Leaders Who Care about Kids at Every Life Stage
“Just a Phase” is a collaborative, research-based website that features...
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Sustainable Community Development: From What's Wrong to What's Strong
This 18-minute TedTalk frames community engagement positively with compelling stories and...
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The Circle Way for Communities of Faith
The Circle Way provides a process to foster open conversations and communal decision-making. ...
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Yale Youth Ministry Institute
This extensive resource hub equips youth leaders to connect with diverse youth, walking...
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Creating a Congregational Culture of Validation
This article reveals how validation fosters flourishing congregations and lists three ways...
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Professional Spiritual & Pastoral Care: A Practical Clergy and Chaplain's Handbook
This collection of essays forms a pastoral care crash course for clergy and chaplains,...
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The Guide to New Church Models
This compilation of essays and interviews looks at seven novel ways that congregations are...
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Spiritual Formation in Emerging Adulthood: A Practical Theology for College and Young Adult Ministry
This research-based book looks at the practical and spiritual implications of emerging...
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Are Your Church Facilities an Obstacle to Growth?
This brief article urges congregations to look at their facilities with the eye of a first...
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What "story" does the condition of your facility tell?
This blog post argues that congregations should pay attention to building cleanliness and...
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Church Facility Stewardship
This free download provides checklists and tools to proactively manage your congregation's...
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AdMinistry: The Nuts and Bolts of Church Administration
This book offers insight to manage a budget, organize personnel, and deal with the technical...
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The Developmental Relationships Framework
This printable page reminds youth leaders of healthy developmental strategies to nuture young...
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Managing Projects in Ministry
This resource combines the author's leadership experience with biblical principles to provide...
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Hospital Visitation 101
This article reveals what information hospital staff and patients need visiting pastors and...
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Carey Nieuwhof
This web resource offers an inspirational and practical on-the-go podcast with insights from...
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Less Chaos. Less Noise: Effective Communications for an Effective Church
Written by a communications expert, this book sharpens congregational practices to better...
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Download Youth Ministry (DYM)
This website by veteran youth leaders provides timely and affordable resources across 20+...
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A Bigger Table: Building Messy, Authentic, and Hopeful Spiritual Community
Through this pastor's story, learn how to confront exclusive attitudes and build inclusive...
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Beyond the Offering Plate: A Holistic Approach to Stewardship
This collection of essays explores themes of stewardship through various lenses using...
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10 Ways to Have a Better Conversation
This light-hearted TedTalk is an important reminder of the skills required to have a...
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White Privilege: Let's Talk - A Resource for Transformational Dialogue
The United Church of Christ offers a free, downloadable curriculum for White faith communities...
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Generational IQ: Christianity Isn't Dying, Millennials Aren't the Problem, and the Future Is Bright
This book looks at generational realities through a faith lens, exploring the ways...
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The Power and Promise of a Communications Audit
This article presents a simple, ten-step framework to guide congregations through an annual...
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Reconcile: Conflict Transformation for Ordinary Christians
This book draws from the author's experience in reconciliation work around the world, offering...
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Using Nonprofits for God's Purposes
This blog post discusses things to think about when considering a nonprofit startup.
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Bivocational Pastors
This brief video from PBS looks at the challenges and opportunities that arise when the pastor...
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Setting Wages and Benefits for Church Staff
This five-part guide provides technical and creative insights to manage personnel, budgets...
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How to Have Helpful Conversations About Race in the Church: An Anti-Racism Resource
This 11-page guide offers a process and tools to engage in important conversations regarding...
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College Transition Initiative
This website aims to prepare students and families for the transition from high school to...
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The Four Tendencies: The Indispensable Personality Profiles That Reveal How to Make Your Life...
This book analyzes four personality types as they relate to why individuals act and why they...
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MultiChurch: Exploring the Future of Multisite
This book explains that the multi-site church model is biblically and theologically faithful,...
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The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery
This resource uses the Enneagram personality assessment to help individuals discover and...
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Sustainable Children's Ministry: From Last-Minute Scrambling to Long-Term Solutions
This resource provides congregations with the tips and tools to build a children's ministry...
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Growing Small Group Leaders: One Year of Resources for Small Group Coaches
This one-year program uses a variety of tools like instructional handouts and training...
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Everyone's Called to Youth Ministry…They Just Don't Know it Yet
This resource offers practical suggestions to engage volunteers for youth ministry.
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Ferguson and Faith: Sparking Leadership and Awakening Community
This resource presents the testimony of young activists and local clergy who joined forces in...
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Handling Conflict
This thorough resource, covering 12 different aspects of conflict, identifies negative and...
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Avoiding All-Out Church War
This pack of eight articles educates readers about conflict and how to mitigate it in a...
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Mission: Possible
This board game empowers teams to tackle problems by generating creative solutions, drawing on...
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How To Talk With Sick, Dying and Grieving People: When there are No Magic Words to Say
This resource provides insights and stories to help pastoral caregivers and clergy walk wisely...
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The Unstuck Church: Equipping Churches to Experience Sustained Health
This resource lays out the seven lifecycle phases of a congregation, beginning with "Launch"...
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New Churches: Multiply the Mission
New Churches, brought to you by veteran church start pastor and educator Ed Stetzer and Daniel...
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Wild Goose Festival
This event is part outdoor music festival, part retreat, and part justice conference. It...
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The Relational Judaism Handbook: How to Create a Relational Engagement Campaign to Build and...
This comprehensive guide is grounded in scripture and tradition to help transform...
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ChurchSalary: A Service of Church Law and Tax
This searchable database for congregations with paid staff contains information on salary...
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Catalyst Leader
This organization provides workshops and online resources focused on leadership building for...
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Community and Congregational Listening: Coaching and Practices from Online Sessions
This brief article offers practical wisdom to take the pulse of the congregation and its...
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Four Guiding Principles for Managing a Polarized Congregation
This article equips leaders to navigate conflict in the congregation.
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Principles for Online Ritual Design
This practical guide helps congregants create their own sacred spaces and rituals from home...
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Visitations and Funerals
This go-to site for loss and grief during COVID provides re-imagined rituals, practical...
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Bridges: 15 Sessions to Connect Teenagers and Adults on Drugs and Alcohol, Decision-Making,...
This resource contains various sessions and activity options to help facilitate conversations...
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Relocation Manual for Pastors and Church Leaders
This digital manual provides rich insight and practical considerations to discern about...
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How pastors can help their congregations address the issue of immigration
This practical article offers ways to address immigration with congregations, particularly...
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I Was a Stranger: What the Bible Says about Immigrants
This list of scripture passages reveals God’ s care for those who have been displaced. ...
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Is there a "Christian" way to deal with immigration?
Theology Crawl offers an open-ended discussion guide for use in informal, inclusive settings. ...
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Radical Hospitality: Responding to the issue of Immigration
This Mennonite curriculum provides a 6 to 13-week Bible study about immigration.
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Sanctuary: A Discernment Guide for Congregations
This guide explains the immigration Sanctuary Movement and how congregations can support...
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Welcome to the United States: A Guidebook for Refugees
This guide provides practical information and workbook activities for refugees as they...
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Cultural Orientation Resource Center
This organization provides cultural Information services to support refugee communities.
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Videos for Learning About Refugee Families and Youth
These short videos share what refugee youth and their families face when adjusting to life in...
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Jewish Family and Career Services (JFCS)
JFCS offers a wide range of services in Louisville, KY, to help new Americans on their journey...
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Phygital Church: Building Physical and Digital Space for Ministry Impact in 2021
In this 60-minute presentation, ministry strategists explain how to adjust space usage when...
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Church After COVID: 7 Predictions for How the Church Will Change by 2025
This article forecasts how online giving will take a central role in congregational life.
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8 Disruptive Church Trends that Will Rule 2021
Thought leader Cary Nieuwhof describes how congregational life will change with technology and...
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More Collaboration, Fewer Buildings? Post-COVID
In this article, Jewish communities share practical strategies to refocus resources and...
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Praying in the Time of COVID-19: How the World's Largest Mosques Adapted
This article demonstrates how prayer and community life can take new forms during pandemic...
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"What If…" Series: Faith Formation Strategies for a post-Pandemic World
These articles offer creative and practical faith formation ideas for an increasingly...
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Lessons from a Year of Ministry during COVID-19
In this article pastors share hybrid ministry practices they’ ll continue post-pandemic....
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What's Next in Digital Worship?
These Calvin Institute webinars explore post-pandemic worship including preaching, liturgy,...
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