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Interfaith Programming, Foundations, and Grant Funding

Lilly Foundation funds the Center for Interfaith Cooperation in Indianapolis, IN in support of the Festival of Faiths project; the Interfaith Youth Core in Chicago, IL; National Interfaith Cable Coalition... read more >

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Youth ministry resource suggestions

In the 1990’s a youth worker in California searched the internet for free resources for youth ministry. Disappointed that there wasn’t much “free” out there, Jonathan McKee created his own... read more >

Growing Young, a Center for Congregations Workshop

Growing Young, a Center for Congregations Workshop

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Feb 23, 2017
Growing Young, February 23, 2017. Like most ministry leaders, you’ve probably heard ominous reports of the demise of faith all around us. From the disillusionment of young people to the aging of the church to the rise of the “Nones,” the list is long and disheartening. But what if that’s only part of the story? What if there are bright spots breaking through the clouds revealing energized congregations brimming with young people?
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Indiana

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Studies Reveal How to Serve Youth and Young Adults Better

Studies Reveal How to Serve Youth and Young Adults Better insights Into Religion Lilly Foundation Flickr photo by threephin

Breaking free from the stereotype of the disengaged teen could help churches serve them better. And as those teens age into adulthood, congregations need to be willing to work to keep them involved.

 

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The Role of Clergy in Reducing Boston’s Crime Rate

In the aftermath of the violence in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014, Boston inner-city clergy are revisiting their own journey from a violence-plagued 1980s to a much more peaceful 2014. Correspondent... read more >

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Caring for Orphans in China

How much of a difference can one person make? In the late 1990s, Hollywood screenwriter Jenny Bowen learned of the plight of Chinese girls abandoned by their parents in a... read more >

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Pastor Studies Future of ‘Name Brand’ American Protestant Church

Faced with a group of potential members from a new generation who drifted away after finding the church wanting, Robert Kyte, pastor at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Dalton, Massachusetts, employed his time on sabbatical to ask whether there is a future for the traditional "name brand" (Methodist, Presbyterian, Episcopal, Lutheran, UCC) American Protestant churches.

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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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The Aims & Purposes of Literature: Notes from the Field

After mapping in broad strokes the major contributions of studies on the "aims and purposes of theological education," Jack Fitzmier, vice president of academic affairs and dean at the Claremont... read more >

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Taylor Brown and Logan Harmeyer Will Lilly Endowment Community Scholarships

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Touching ‘To Be Sure’ of Reality

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Church Leadership Finding Solutions to Sexual Harassment Problems

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