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How to Avoid New Clergy Burnout

New clergy usually start out with a passion for preaching and leading congregations. Over time, unfortunately, the passion too often subsides and the “want to” becomes a “have to,” according... read more >

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The Life-Changing Power of Forgiveness

In 2008, Canadian freelance reporter Amanda Lindhout went to Somalia, where a band of teenagers kidnapped her and her group and demanded $3 million in ransom. During her 462-day captivity,... read more >

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Brick by Brick, Sunday by Sunday: Creating God, Creating Still

Talitha Arnold, of the United Church of Santa Fe, New Mexico, considers the lessons that the church might well learn from Renaissance artists who persistently embraced creativity as a calling akin to that of the Creator, despite the risk of failure and the inevitable imperfection of the works of human hands.

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Youth Ministry and Spirituality Project: A Revitalized Approach Meets Youth Needs

In an era when most programs and products geared for young people are loud or fast or both, an approach to meeting the needs of youth that is quiet and deliberately contemplative may seem counterintuitive.

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Helping Young People Examine the Relationship Between Faith and Vocation

Since the beginning of the Programs for the Theological Exploration of Vocation (PTEV) in 2000, Lilly Endowment has awarded a number of North American church-related colleges and universities with grants to implement programs.

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Remaining Faithful to Calvin: Congregations Reach Out to College/University Students

Michael Miller and his Center for the Church and Higher Education seek to create vibrant campus ministries that are congregation-based.

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Why Theology?: A Catholic Reflection on Twenty Years of Literature on Theological Education

William Cahoy provides a succinct overview of the literature generated by Lilly-sponsored conversations about the nature of theological education.

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What Must a Pastor Know?: Reflections on Congregational Studies

Arthur Boers, assistant professor of pastoral theology and coordinator of the Spiritual Formation Program at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana, surveys key insights that have emerged from a rapidly expanding literature on the nature and patterns of congregational life in the United States.

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Theological Education via Plato's Allegory of the Cave

In the books and articles on the aims and purposes of theological education, William Carl, president of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, finds administrators, professors, trustees, pastors and educational specialists all feeling their way toward some elusive but edifying truth about what Ed Farley calls Theologia.

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Scenes From Holy Week

This week, Christians around the world celebrate Holy Week and Easter, commemorating the final days of Jesus Christ—his...

Encouraging Youth To Engage and Study Theology

Getting high school students interested in theology sounds like a pretty tall order. In the age of “nones” and “...

Duke Expands Research on America's Religious Congregations

Duke receives $1.5 million grant to study America's evolving congregations. Research from Lilly Endowment grant...

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