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The Amazon Effect: Worshippers flocking to larger churches

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Is the mom-and-pop church becoming obsolete? Just as one-stop shopping behemoths such as Walmart and Amazon are fulfilling the retail needs of America’s consumers, larger churches are increasingly meeting the spiritual needs of America’s faithful.

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Congregations embracing technology, study finds

Websites, Facebook and other tools are helping churches stay connected to their members and reach out to the wider community.

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Hospitality is key to church growth

A competitive marketplace is forcing churches to embrace business practices to court fickle churchgoers.

2019 Lilly Endowment National Clergy Renewal Program Applications Due April 11, 2019

2019 Lilly Endowment National Clergy Renewal Program Applications Due April 11, 2019

Dates & Time: 
Nov 01, 2018 to Apr 11, 2019

Details and application materials for the 2019 programs are now available.
 
In the 2019 Lilly Endowment National Clergy Renewal Program and the 2019 Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Program for Indiana Congregations, eligible congregations will be able to apply for grants of up to $50,000 each to support a renewal program for their pastor. Up to $15,000 of the grant may be used for congregational expenses associated with the renewal program. Activities funded by a grant in the 2019 programs may begin anytime in 2020.
 

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The Heart of a Servant and Faith Like a Child

The Heart of a Servant and Faith Like a Child

Here are some sermon resources and art work for the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost - September 23, 2018 (Year B) from the Liturgy Letter:

Tips On Preaching Effectively

Tips On Preaching Effectively

"What they all share is that they are captivating speakers whose eloquence points toward God, not their own egos, says Shawn Boyd, who works at the Kyle Lake Center for Effective Preaching at Baylor. Boyd helped form the criteria that 179 scholars referred to while sorting through 1,000 nominees to select the final 12.

Lilly Supports National Fund for Sacred Places

Lilly Supports National Fund for Sacred Places

Back in October, 2017 The National Fund for Sacred Places, a program of Partners for Sacred Places and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, announced the acceptance of the Unalaska church as one of 17 congregations nationwide to participate in a national grant-making program that supports capital building projects at historic houses of worship.

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Openness, Humility Key to Leading in Uncertain Times

Many institutions, including local churches, have heard that they need to change their internal culture in order to stay current with the changing world around them, but the nature of... read more >

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Inspiration from the Liturgical Letter for 26th Sunday after Pentecost

Confidence in Our Creator"Lord, we take refuge in you (Psalm 16), for you listen to our despair (1 Samuel 1:4-20) and...

Practicing Gratitude

My wife and I recently relocated, which led us to visit a half-dozen churches in the past two months. Each seemed to...

2019 BAA Trailblazer of the Year named by Union Presbyterian Seminary

The Black Alumni Association (BAA) of Union Presbyterian Seminary is pleased to announce and to recognize the Rev. Dr....

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Review rank-ordered data on religion in the U.S. and around the world. Includes the latest data from the Religious Congregations & Membership Study, 2010

 

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