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Worship Songs and Theology

The Baptist Standard recently wrote a short piece about the ways in which theology shapes and is shaped by music within a congregation. Terry York, professor of Christian ministry and church music at Baylor University’s Truett Theological...
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Strong Leaders for Effective Congregations

A recent article in The Guardian outlines the effect that Pope Francis has had on Catholic worship attendance. Researcher Massimo Introvigne, a sociologist and head of Italy’s Centre for the Study of New Religions (Cesnur), found that 51%...
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Catholic Latinos Becoming Anglican

A recent article in VirtueOnline suggests that Texas has seen a recent shift in the number of Latinos shifting from attending Catholic to Anglican mass. Throughout Anglican churches in Texas, the article suggests, one will find statues or...
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How to Kill a Church

Zachary Bailes at ABPNews Blog outlines a story of Noah Vale, a minister who, after a careful study of a declining congregation, developed a tongue-in-cheek checklist of how to kill a church. He writes, Assume that people are looking for a...
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Eleven Things You Might Not Understand About Your Minister

Mark Love, of Mark Love Furniture, wrote a thought-provoking blog post, stating 11 Things You Might Not Understand About Your Minister. He writes, So here’s what your minister wishes you understood. Give it a read, give it some thought, and give...
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Multiculturalism In Congregations Is More Than Just Diversity

For many congregations, having a more racially or ethnically diverse congregation is a goal, as the communities look to expand their reach to new enclaves of potential members. Alex Murashko, of the Christian Post Reporter, discusses both the...
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Understanding “Chreasters” – Members who Attend at Christmas and Easter

The issue of how members become “Chreasters” – people who attend at Christmas and Easter – was raised by George Bullard in the American Baptist Press. The members he focuses on were once regular attenders: they were involved in Sunday School and...
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