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Church Challenges at the Start of the 21st Century

There are many challenges facing Christian churches at the beginning of the 21st century. The four specific challenges addressed in this article are perennial, but take varying forms over time. They are: maintaining a membership base, securing adequate financial resources, recruiting talented clergy leaders, and finding an appropriate balance between serving members and serving the public. Using data from the 1998 National Congregations Study, director Mark Chaves of Duke University analyzes the issues.

 

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Bob Smietana New Editor-in-Chief. at Religion News Service

Religion News Service (RNS), an independent, nonprofit source of global news on religion, spirituality, culture and...

Liturgical Meditations from Fuller Studios

 The liturgical calendar spans the life of Christ in a single year—from anticipation (Advent), to hope (Christmas...

The Spiritual Practice of Humor

We live in a time of tension and conflict, arguing and fighting for what we believe is true. Many of us are attracted...

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