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The Politician-ization of Authorized Ministry: Some Lenten Thoughts about Dying Churches, Congregational Resurrections, and Pastoral Leadership

In case you haven’t noticed, tremendous changes are taking place in the American church. A number of pastors, scholars, and leaders, both within and outside our denomination, have issued dire warnings about the future of the Mainline church and of the United Church of Christ. For instance, In his book Transforming Congregational Culture, pastor Anthony…

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Evangelism: What To Do?

You’re ready to get serious about growing your congregation.  You think you’ve got the message right, including concepts like an extravagant welcome and radical inclusiveness.  But what, exactly, do you DO to get the message out?  How, in the second decade of the 21st century, do you reach people? Two studies presented at the 2014…

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Out-Thinking Creativity: Lessons for the Local Church

If adaptability is the new buzzword for church today, then the engine of that adaptability is creativity. Since the early 1990s, psychologists, scientists, and social scientists have done a lot of work to try and unlock the mystery known as creativity. This work should be considered in light of a positive psychology approach, which can…